Lewis Hamilton will not face a grid penalty for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix after a stewards investigation on two separate incidents involving the British driver in final qualifying.
In the first qualifying session of the 2020 season Hamilton was pipped to pole position by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with the Finn prevailing by a margin of just 0.012s.
Two hours after session had been completed the stewards revealed Hamilton was to be investigated over a potential yellow flag infringement, as well as exceeding track limits.
The yellow flags were shown during the final hotlaps in Q3 when Bottas ran wide on the exit of Turn 4, but Hamilton went on to improve on his initial effort by a tenth of a second.
But following a meeting with Hamilton to discuss the incidents, the stewards announced the six-time Formula 1 champion would retain his front row grid slot.
“The driver mentioned that he passed a green light panel in Turn 5,” read the stewards’ report.
“The video footage confirmed that there have been yellow flags and green light panels at the same time and therefore conflicting signals were shown to the driver.
“Taking this into account, the Stewards decide to take no further action.”
Despite avoiding a penalty, Hamilton was found to exceed track limits on his first run in the final segment of qualifying, which resulted in his time being deleted.
As this was slower than his eventual best lap time it would not affect his starting position, as he and Bottas secured Mercedes a record-equalling 65th front row lock-out.