FIA explains why Lewis Hamilton wasn’t handed grid penalty for 2022 Dutch GP

Fernando Alonso and Sir Lewis Hamilton were involved in a first-lap collision at Spa that ended the Briton's race.

The stewards have gone into detail as to why they felt no action was needed after the lap one incident between Sir Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Alonso and Hamilton had started third and fourth respectively after Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon all picked up penalties.

Hamilton got ahead of the Spaniard off the start, but Alonso used the superior straight-line speed of his Alpine to slipstream the 37-year-old heading down the Kemmel Straight.

The double world champion had his nose down the inside as they approached the apex of Les Combes, but Hamilton gave his former team-mate the squeeze having not noticed him in his wing mirrors.

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Alonso therefore made contact with the Briton, sending him up into the air as his car almost performed a front summersault.

Hamilton’s Mercedes landed heavily as the floor and the gearbox took a whack, and that was all she wrote for his race.

Alonso was able to continue, and he eventually finished fifth, but not before his explosive rant on the radio as he suggested that Hamilton was only able to race from first on the grid.

The stewards performed a brief review of the incident, but found that neither driver was at fault, so it was chalked down to a racing incident.

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They later revealed why and how they came to that conclusion.

“The Stewards reviewed the video evidence and determined that Alonso was on the inside at turn 5,” they reported.

“Hamilton’s front wheels were ahead of Alonso’s at the entry to the corner. Alonso moved his car off line to the inside with both right side tyres fully on the kerb and even somewhat inside the kerb.

“At no point did Alonso appear to lose control or understeer. Hamilton turned into towards the apex of the corner with Alonso still alongside and the collision occurred.

“The Stewards considered that this was a first lap incident with a lot of movement relative to other cars in the first few corners, and thus take no further action.”

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Hamilton accepted in the media pen that the crash was his fault, while Alonso, having calmed down after the first lap, also recognised that it was a racing incident, so had no hard feelings towards the seven-time champion.

Max Verstappen went on to win the race from 14th on the grid, opening out a 93-point lead over team-mate Sergio Perez in the championship as the Mexican sealed a one-two for Red Bull.

Carlos Sainz ended the race third, with Charles Leclerc sixth behind Alonso, putting Red Bull 118 points clear of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Standings.