Little sympathy for Hamilton’s Sochi penalties

The international media reacted with little sympathy after Lewis Hamilton suggested Formula 1 is trying to stop him dominating the sport. “How is it that such a strong driver, a phenomenon like Lewis Hamilton, doesn’t know the rules?” Indeed, F1 race director Michael Masi insists that all 19 of Hamilton’s rivals made their pre-race practice starts in the designated area. Spain’s El Pais agrees that Hamilton’s “rookie mistakes” were “inappropriate for a driver of his calibre”. Former F1 driver Karl Wendlinger told AvD Motorsport Magazin: “Hamilton should know where he can practice his starts. “I am quite sure that the stewards didn’t invent that penalty, I think they have clearly prescribed penalties for certain violations.

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