• Malaysian Grand Prix

Renault unhappy with Hamilton's weaving

ESPNF1 Staff
April 6, 2010 « Michelin confirms F1 interest | »
Lewis Hamilton and Vitaly Petrov fight for position in Malaysia © Sutton Images

Renault team boss Eric Boullier believes Lewis Hamilton should have been penalised for weaving on the straight ahead of Vitaly Petrov during Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hamilton made four or five weaving manoeuvres on the pit straight in an attempt to break the slipstream being gained by Petrov behind him. According to the rules, drivers may only make one defensive move, and then another before the braking zone. Hamilton successfully kept Petrov behind him, but the incident was reported to the stewards who issued the McLaren driver with a warning.

After the race Boullier told Spain's AS newspaper: "We have expressed our opinion (to the FIA). The warning was not enough."

The newspaper also quoted Ferrari test driver Marc Gene as describing Hamilton's driving as "wrong", while Virgin tester Andy Soucek said the Briton should have penalised "absolutely, without any doubt".

Former Super Aguri driver Anthony Davidson told BBC radio: "I don't know what Lewis was doing, weaving all over the track. I think he thought he was playing a Playstation rather than real life."