The fallout from Sunday’s British Grand Prix continues to take Formula 1 headlines, with Lewis Hamilton being roundly criticised for his part in the collision which sent Max Verstappen careering into a tyre wall, yet James Allison of Mercedes has made clear that the English driver didn’t do anything wrong and that his moves were done in accordance with the sport’s rules.
Christian Horner had previously called for Hamilton to be punished further than a 10-second penalty, whilst Red Bull senior officials felt the 36-year-old should be handed a race suspension.
Mercedes, though, have been at pains to point out they feel their driver made no illegal moves at any point in the incident.
“We understand that many people believe that whoever is behind in the corner should be obliged to ensure there isn’t a crash, but that’s not what it says in the rules,” Allison explained when asked about the Hamilton incident.
“Lewis’ manoeuvre is absolutely in line with the FIA’s overtaking guidelines.
“If you’re on the inside during an overtaking move, the guide says you need to be substantially parallel to the other car, and Lewis was, his nose was past the middle of Verstappen’s car, if you look at it frame-by-frame, Lewis didn’t do anything wrong.”