Mercedes Reveals Reason Behind Lewis Hamilton’s Track Limits Penalties in Austria
Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin explained the unusual detail behind Lewis Hamilton’s track limits penalties during the Austrian Grand Prix. Shovlin revealed that the team couldn’t inform Hamilton of his warnings for track limits breaches in a timely manner due to the FIA messaging system’s inability to keep up with the high number of lap time deletions.
During the race, Hamilton was among the seven drivers penalized for exceeding track limits multiple times. Aston Martin’s protest of the race result resulted in post-race penalties for eight drivers, including Hamilton, for previously unnoticed track limits breaches. Hamilton received an additional 10-second penalty, causing him to drop a place in the final classification.