I think this is stretching for a conspiracy. He got a 5 place gearbox penalty in 2017 and a three place grid penalty for blocking Raikkonen in qualifying last year. I think the qualifying penalty today was fair as well but the timing and how it happened were wrong. Not sure he can complain about the 5 second penalty in the race either tbh.DFWdude wrote:Yes, indeed.spiritone wrote:If you think lewis was at fault watch the first 3 corners at the start to see how Albon defended against Hamilton. Hamilton got squeezed off the track and managed to avoid Albon.
It seems that the race organizers/stewards in Austria seem bent on orchestrating the outcome of the races there.
The commentators mentioned before the start that Hamilton had "received grid penalties in 3 of the last 4 Austria races," (my addition...) unlike anywhere else on the yearly calendar. I'm too lazy to look it up. But I can't remember HAM being grid penalized that many times in the balance of his career. Hmmmmm?
Add the multiple SCs to bunch the field, and the final 5-second penalty to Hamilton, and a pattern starts to emerge. IMO, the penalty given to Perez after Hamilton's were to deflect attention from the certain controversy over Hamilton's.
It will be interesting to see if Hamilton draws another grid penalty before next week's race in Austria.
Perez was speeding in the pit lane, that's the most slam dunk of all slam dunk penalties.
Mercedes had gearbox issues today, they might have to change them next week so Hamilton will get another penalty then