Hamilton reprimanded, keeps pole after reversing in Bahrain pit lane

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Lewis Hamilton escaped serious punishment after being summoned before the stewards for reversing in the pit lane after qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday.

Hamilton took his 51st Formula 1 pole position in qualifying ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

However, the Briton’s pole position was thrown into doubt when he was called before the stewards not long after qualifying over an “alleged breach of Article 28.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, reversing in the pit lane at the end of qualifying.”

A subsequent statement was issued confirming that Hamilton had been given a reprimand, allowing him to keep pole position for Sunday’s race.

“A reprimand has been imposed on the driver due to the fact that no clear instruction was given to the river on where he should park the car after qualifying,” it said.

Ordinarily, reversing at any point on the circuit results in a hefty penalty, but the stewards appear to have remained lenient in this case thanks to Hamilton’s valid reasoning.

The Bahrain Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET on Sunday.