Hamilton called to stewards for Rosberg incident
23 June 2012 – Lewis Hamilton has been asked to speak to Valencia stewards for an incident which took place in Q3 qualifying on Saturday afternoon. According to Nico Rosberg, the Mercedes driver’s best lap was significantly hampered by his McLaren rival.
Rosberg claims that Hamilton was travelling slowly through the rapid corners at the end of the lap in order to build up a gap in front; in the process, this slowed the former.
“Pastor (Maldonado) and I were coming in flat-out and, all of a sudden, there was Lewis driving extremely slowly,” Rosberg fumed. “There is a rule stating, very clearly, that you are not allowed to slow down in those last few corners because it is dangerous.”
Former team-mates in karting, Hamilton and Rosberg are close friends off the track. Both men - plus a senior representative from each team - will now formally share their sides of the story with the stewards, one of whom is former racer Mika Salo. Video evidence and telemetry readings will help them reach a final decision.
Stewards say Hamilton did nothing wrong