Lewis Hamilton has stated that he doesn’t understand the inconsistencies surrounding regulations over making multiple moves while defending a leading position.
The four-time world champion has revealed his frustration that Sebastian Vettel didn’t receive a penalty for making two defensive manoeuvres at the Russian Grand Prix last Sunday.
Title rivals Hamilton and Vettel ran wheel-to-wheel in last weekend’s race at Sochi, with the Brit coming out on top to pass the German at Turn 4, avoiding a collision when the Ferrari driver shifted over to block him on Turn 2.
Hamilton was quick to react to the manoeuvre on his team radio, calling out Vettel’s “two moves” for being illegal, but the Russian GP stewards took no further action following an initial investigation.
“The same rules are not always applied to the same things," Hamilton said.
“As far as I am aware, when I drive down the straight I’m not allowed to move twice – but there are drivers that do move twice and nothing happens to them.
“Maybe there are some drivers that moved twice and then something does happen to them. I was really surprised when I watched the replay because it was a clear two moves.
“But when you are doing 200mph things happens so fast. I thought we were going to crash. I thought at that moment the win might be going and I might be going up in the air.
“I was really surprised that when I pulled out of it I managed to keep the car in one piece and we made it to the second corner and it actually ended up being awesome racing.”
Hamilton, however, has claimed that the suggestion his anger originated from Vettel’s tactical driving was not solely the case - adding his frustration came initially over losing a place to his main championship rival during the pit-stop phase.
“Honestly I don’t hold anger in the car,” he explained. “I mean that’s just not true, when I came out third I was relatively peeved off that I’d done all of this work and somehow the strategy didn’t go right and I was definitely frustrated at that.
“So if anything it was that anger that propelled me to want to get back past. Being in third I knew that I’d be losing several points to Sebastian, which through my driving wasn’t supposed to happen so I was very eager to get by.
“It didn’t happen that time so I did it next time but that manoeuvre he did, didn’t make me more aggressive to then fight the next corner.”