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Hamilton’s Penalty Was Harsh, Says Mercedes’ Allison

LONDON—Lewis Hamilton’s penalty for causing an opening-lap collision with Formula One rival Max Verstappen at last Sunday’s British Grand Prix was harsh, according to his Mercedes team’s technical head James Allison. Allison said in a post-race debrief that the seven-time world champion had done nothing wrong. “As far as we were concerned…the maneuver that Lewis did was absolutely in line with the FIA’s overtaking guide,” he said. “If you are…overtaking on the inside of the corner, then the guidance requires that you are substantially alongside, it is not required that you are ahead…Lewis definitely was substantially alongside. “So I did feel that it was harsh to get the penalty…this is about what are the rules to do with overtaking and I didn’t see that Lewis did anything wrong with respect to those rules.” Allison pointed out that Hamilton, who won the race despite being handed a 10-second time penalty, had …

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