Hamilton avoids punishment over alleged Grosjean block in Silverstone qualifying


Lewis Hamilton has avoided punishment for an alleged block on Romain Grosjean during Formula 1 qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday at Silverstone.

Grosjean complained that Hamilton had blocked him through the final sector of the lap at Silverstone in Q3, with the Haas pit wall telling its driver they estimated him to have lost three-tenths of a second.

Race control confirmed during the session that the stewards would be investigating the possible block, putting Hamilton’s pole position at risk.

However, the stewards confirmed less than an hour after qualifying finished that no further action would be taken against Hamilton, ensuring he keeps pole at Silverstone.

“The stewards examined video and telemetry evidence and concluded that while Grosjean may potentially have been affected by the presence of Hamilton at Turn 16, he was not impeded,” a statement from the stewards at Silverstone reads.

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”