Lewis Hamilton fans fume at Brazilian Grand Prix punishment after Max Verstappen let off

Lewis Hamilton goes undercover to inspire school children

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Lewis Hamilton’s Brazilian Grand Prix victory reminded the world that he is one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time – but fans of the Briton are not happy that his rival Max Verstappen went unpunished for a clash between the two while Hamilton was hit with a fine after the race.

After starting in 10th place, Hamilton cruised his way to the front of the pack to claim his sixth win of the season despite almost tangling with Verstappen.

The pair have gone tooth and nail all year long in what is proving one of the most memorable F1 seasons ever.

And the pair nearly came together on lap 48 in Brazil when Verstappen forced his title rival wide and off track as Hamilton sought to take the lead of the race.

The Dutchman received no retrospective action for his role in the incident but Hamilton was hit with a €5,000 fine post-race – with an additional €20,000 suspended through the end of 2022 – for undoing his seatbelt on his cooldown lap in order to wave a Brazilian flag.

And after he was punished for his breach of the sporting code, Hamilton’s loyal fans took to social media to mock the FIA for deciding not to punish Verstappen.

@robayeit said: “Don’t undo your seatbelts kids, but if you push your opponent off the track to keep position go right ahead.”

@redlucy54 stated: “Set an example to young drivers by penalising maniacs on the track because they’ll look at MV escaping sanctions for dangerous driving & think it’s ok based on today’s race.”

“But it’s safe to drive other drivers off the road, what example is that setting junior categories,” @MajorRaverMatt meanwhile wrote.

@AndyElche said: “This is laughable, and you’d have to say if Hamilton had pushed Max off the track he would have got 5 second stop and go as well. Throw the kitchen sink but a champion is a champion.”

Verstappen remained defiant over his chances of winning the title despite suffering defeat.

“Of course I tried everything I could,” Verstappen said.

“But clearly, we’re just lacking a little bit of pace, a little bit too much. Especially on a track like this, where the tyre wear is very high.

“You have to use the tyres a bit more to keep them behind, and in the end it didn’t work out. But I’m not too disappointed, because I think this is quite a realistic result.

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“At least we had a bit of fun, you know, battling out there. We still have a good points lead. Today was a bit of damage limitation on a weekend that was difficult for us.

“I’m confident that in the coming races we will bounce back.”

Verstappen leads Hamilton by just 14 points going into the final three races of the season.

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