Lewis Hamilton has been fined £4,000 for taking off his seatbelt to fly the Brazilian flag in celebration after a landslide victory at the So Paulo Grand Prix – another £17,000 has been suspended.
- Lewis Hamilton wraps up his comeback victory at the spectacular Brazilian Grand Prix
- The Mercedes star started Sunday’s race in tenth but worked his way up to first
- Hamilton celebrated by waving the Brazilian flag around the track like Senna did.
- The Briton has been fined £4,265 for removing his seatbelt to get the flag
- Hamilton has also been fined a further £17,060 until the end of 2022
Lewis Hamilton He was fined 5,000 euros (£4,265) on Sunday after dropping his seat belt and collecting the Brazilian flag to celebrate victory at the So Paulo Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver registers a stunning comeback win Brazil To keep the hopes of a hit Formula One title alive, starting from tenth in the grid, outwit the opponent Max Verstappen First in the last leg of the Interlagos race.
Hamilton celebrated his victory by hoisting the Brazilian flag around the track, much to the delight of his local supporters – in the same way that his idol Ayrton Senna did during his career.
Lewis Hamilton was fined £4,265 for removing his seatbelt to celebrate his victory at the So Paulo Grand Prix by waving the Brazilian flag.
Hamilton made a stunning comeback to finish tenth on the grid to finish first
But the festival fined him £4,265, followed by a 20,000 euro (£17,060) sanction, which was suspended until the end of 2022.
The stewards had summoned a representative of the Mercedes team for an alleged breach of the sports code by their driver.
The code states that drivers must ‘be reasonably restrained in their seat by a safety belt … at all times during competition while driving on a circuit, pit lane, special platform or competition course.’
Hamilton had slowed down after waving at the crowd and winning the race to collect the flag.
Hamilton slows down after a race to collect and wave the Brazilian flag like his idol army
“While the stewards are sympathetic to the desire to celebrate, it is fundamentally unsafe to undo the seatbelt while the car is in motion,” the decision said.
‘The slow speed in these cars is too fast for an untrained rider. Furthermore, Formula One drivers set the example for the junior categories.
‘It is important that junior category drivers know the importance of using all safety equipment in the car at all times.’