Lewis Hamilton is slapped with £4,000 fine – with another £17,000 suspended – for taking his seatbelt off to fly the Brazil flag around in celebration after stunning Sao Paulo Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton was fined 5,000 euros (£4,265) on Sunday after he released his seat belt and collected a Brazilian flag to celebrate victory at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Stewards had summoned a Mercedes team representative for an alleged breach of the sporting code by their driver. The code states that drivers ‘must be properly restrained in their seat by safety belts… at all times during a competition when it is mobile on a circuit, pit lane, special stage or competition course.’. Hamilton had slowed after winning the race to wave at the crowd and collect the flag. ‘It is critical that junior category drivers learn the importance of using all the safety devices of the car at all times.

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