By Alan Davies, Sports reporter
Friday, October 28, 2011
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been hit with a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s 2011 Indian Grand Prix.
The F1 star from Hertfordshire was penalised by FIA race stewards in India for ignoring yellow flags in first practice at the new Buddh International Circuit this morning (Friday).
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ace Hamilton, 26, had set the fastest time of P1.
However, that flying lap posted in the closing seconds of practice was set under yellow caution flags.
Race stewards, including former British F1 star Johnny Herbert, were called to investigate after receiving a report from the race director for a breach of regulations.
Hamilton was summoned before the stewards and punished for failing to slow down sufficiently under yellow flag conditions.
A statement from the FIA confirmed Hamilton was penalised for “ignoring double waved yellow flags at Turn 16 whilst marshalls were in close proximity to the track”.
Sauber driver Sergio Perez was hit with the same punishment for the same offence.
Hamilton’s penalty means he cannot claim a second successive pole position after starting from the front of the grid in Korea.
The highest he can now start is from fourth place.
Qualifying for the inaugural Indian GP starts at 9.30am BST on Saturday.