Hamilton chose not to defend himself to FIA over Albon collision

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was penalised for his Brazilian Grand Prix collision with Alex Albon before the scheduled FIA hearing because he declined the opportunity to defend himself.
The incident was immediately placed under investigation but the stewards decided to hear from both drivers – giving the world champion a chance to explain his view of the clash – rather than imposing an instant time penalty so summoned Hamilton to a meeting instead.
Rather than Hamilton appearing in front of the stewards, Mercedes sporting director Ron Meadows passed on the message that his driver had admitted he was at fault and in effect obliged the stewards to award a five-second penalty, as race director Michael Masi explained.

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