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Lewis Hamilton facing possible grid penalty after ignoring yellow flags at Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton faces a possible grid penalty after he was summoned to the stewards for apparently failing to respect double waved yellow flags during final practice at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

His title rival, Max Verstappen, who leads the standings by eight points with two races remaining, was hit with a five-place grid penalty for a similar infringement at the last race in Qatar.

Hamilton is due to see the stewards at 4pm GMT where he will explain his version of events and find out his punishment.

The Mercedes driver allegedly failed to respect double yellow flags at 22 minutes into Free Practice 3 and was later caught up in incidents with Nikita Mazepin and Pierre Gasly in the session.

FIA race director Michael Masi said he would speak to Mercedes about the potential infringement, adding that it “wasn’t great at all” from Hamilton.

If found guilty of a yellow flag infringement and a grid penalty is confirmed, it would be a major blow to Mercedes and to Hamilton’s hopes of winning his eighth world title at a crucial juncture in the season.


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