Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will face the stewards before FP2 after both drivers were pulled up for breaching the sporting regulations. Hamilton was asked to meet with the race stewards at 14:30 (13.30 local time) with Vettel summoned ten minutes later.
Both drivers were called up for impeding other drivers in a hectic FP1 at Zandvoort. Hamilton allegedly blocked Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari during the opening part of first practice.
The FIA report read: “Alleged breach of Article 37.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations – Car 44 unnecessarily impeding car 55 in turns 12-13 at 13:18.” The incident was caught on camera with Hamilton sweeping into the right hander just as Sainz was moving into the corner.
The Spaniard was forced to brake to avoid contact with the Mercedes star and vented his anger on team radio moments later. Sainz said: “What he just did is very dangerous.”
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Hamilton was quick enough for P2 in first practice, just behind his Mercedes team-mate George Russell in an optimistic display for the Silver Arrows. The seven-time champion finished second to Max Verstappen in last season’s race after an epic duel between the pair.
However, it was a difficult morning for the Red Bull star who broke down with mechanical failure just ten minutes into the session. The Dutchman confirmed the issue was a gearbox fault but he is not expected to be hit with any penalties.
Vettel was 15th fastest in FP1, two-tenths slower than team-mate Lance Stroll.