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F1 News: Hamilton and Russell Clash At Spanish GP – Consequences to Follow

In an unexpected twist during the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying round, the two Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell had a run-in that resulted in a collision in Q2. This unforeseen event occurred at the end of Q2, with Russell shifting out of Carlos Sainz’s slipstream without realizing Hamilton’s close proximity, leading to an unfortunate contact.

The impact resulted in substantial damage to Hamilton’s W14, leading to the loss of the end plate of his front wing. Though Russell’s participation in the session was already over by this point, quick and extensive repair work was needed on Hamilton’s car – the vehicle of the seven-time champion – before the commencement of Q3.

In light of this incident, the stewards have now summoned both Hamilton and Russell. An official document released in the aftermath of the collision states:

“The driver and team representative are required to report to the Stewards at 18:30, in relation to the incident below.

“Alleged breach of Article 2b Chapter IV, Appendix L of the FIA International Sporting Code – Car 63 [George Russell] abnormally changed direction directly causing impact with Car 44 [Lewis Hamilton] on the start/finish straight at 16:48.”

The consequences of this collision were reflected in the subsequent qualifying results. Hamilton managed to secure the fifth spot for tomorrow’s race, while Russell will commence the race from the twelfth position. Pole position was claimed by Max Verstappen, followed closely by Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, who will start from the second and third spots, respectively.

Uncertainty lingers as to the potential penalties that may be imposed due to this incident. The official decision by the stewards could result in a shakeup of the original grid line-up for the much-anticipated Spanish Grand Prix race tomorrow.

Alex Harrington

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