Hamilton reprimanded for late pit entry
29 June 2013 – Lewis Hamilton has been reprimanded by the stewards after making a late entry to the pit lane during Friday afternoon's second free practice session at Silverstone.
The Mercedes driver, who ended the day fifth fastest, ignored pre-event instructions to stay right of a bollard on the entry road, and was later called to a meeting with this stewards, which this weekend includes 1992 World Champion Nigel Mansell.
The stewarding panel then issued a statement explaining that Hamilton would only receive a reprimand as fellow drivers were not put at risk by his actions:
"The driver did not stay to the right of the bollard at the - pit entry as defined in the Race
Director's Notes to Team Managers. However, as no other cars were in the vicinity the
offence is not regarded as too dangerous and it did not impede another competitor."
Lotus was also reprimanded on Friday for releasing Kimi Räikkönen in an unsafe manner, while Williams' Valtteri Bottas was fined €1,000 (£856) for pit lane speeding.