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Lewis Hamilton could be punished for snubbing Max Verstappen trophy presentation

Lewis Hamilton could be punished for snubbing Formula One’s gala in Paris this week as the brand new FIA president warns there’ll be ‘no forgiveness’ if the Mercedes driver has broke the principles

  • Lewis Hamilton faces a high-quality or doubtlessly a 10-place grid penalty as sanction
  • Mercedes driver did not attend the Formula One trophy gala in Paris this week
  • It got here after Max Verstappen snatched the world title from him in Abu Dhabi
  • New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem will see if Hamilton broke guidelines
  • Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff additionally missed the end-of-season occasion 

Lewis Hamilton could face punishment for snubbing the end-of-season Formula One prize giving gala this week after dramatically shedding the world title to Max Verstappen.

Both Hamilton and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff skipped Thursday evening’s ceremony in Paris after the controversial denouement to the season in Abu Dhabi.

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New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem mentioned the British driver could face sanctions – a high-quality or a reprimand that triggers a 10-place grid penalty for the 2022 season opener in Bahrain.

Lewis Hamilton could face a punishment for missing the Formula One prize giving gala

Lewis Hamilton could face a punishment for lacking the Formula One prize giving gala 

Max Verstappen received his drivers' championship trophy at the gala in Paris on Thursday

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Max Verstappen acquired his drivers’ championship trophy on the gala in Paris on Thursday

Article 6.6 of F1’s sporting rules state that failure to attend the ceremony is a breach of the principles.

And Ben Sulayem mentioned: ‘First of all, as a driver, I’d really feel emotional however on the finish of the day guidelines are guidelines.

‘So we’re going to look into the aspect the place the technical guidelines are there to be employed.

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‘Was he in breach? I’ve to look into it. We should be following our guidelines, however in the intervening time it would not cease us from making a champion be ok with the game.

‘It’s straightforward to be good to individuals, it is low-cost to be good, and likewise to inspire individuals. But if there’s any breach there isn’t a forgiveness on this.’

New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem will see if Hamilton breached the rules

New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem will see if Hamilton breached the principles 

Verstappen (right) passed Hamilton on the last lap in a controversial ending to Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Verstappen (proper) handed Hamilton on the final lap in a controversial ending to Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Dutch Red Bull driver Verstappen gained his first world championship after overtaking Hamilton on the ultimate lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final Sunday.

It got here after the protection automotive was deployed after Williams driver Nicholas Latifi spun 5 laps from the tip, permitting Verstappen to pit for recent tyres.

Race director Michael Masi then allowed solely a few of the lapped automobiles between the 2 title contenders to overhaul the protection automotive forward of the one-lap shoot-out, placing Verstappen on Hamilton’s tail.

Verstappen's victory at the Yas Marina circuit confirmed his world championship success

Verstappen’s victory on the Yas Marina circuit confirmed his world championship success

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff also didn't attend the ceremony in Paris on Thursday

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff additionally did not attend the ceremony in Paris on Thursday 

Wolff mentioned this week the occasions within the UAE had left Hamilton feeling ‘disillusioned’ and there was no assure he would proceed within the sport.

But Mercedes withdrew their enchantment in opposition to the FIA.  

During the prize giving in Paris, Verstappen mentioned of his rival: ‘Of course, I can perceive that the primary few days, after a race like that, you are not blissful.

‘You also needs to perceive that is racing and these items can occur to you.

‘I feel he ought to simply look again at what he has achieved, and that ought to give him a whole lot of consolation and that drive to maintain on going.

‘He continues to be attempting to problem for that eighth title and he can do this once more subsequent yr, so I do not see any cause why to surrender or cease now.’

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