July 23, 2024

Formula 1 drivers have many different rules to follow that are set by the FIA, but headstrong Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to flouting some of the less necessary ones

Lewis Hamilton will cop another fine if he continues his habit of failing to show up at the end-of-season FIA prize gala this year.

FIA rules mandate that the top three drivers in the Formula 1 standings have to attend the glamourous event. And Hamilton is now guaranteed to finish third this season as Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso are now too far behind to catch up with only one race remaining. So, under the regulations, Hamilton will have to make the trip to Baku for next month’s event.

If he doesn’t he’ll be punished just as he was in 2021 when he refused to show up. That was in the aftermath of the controversial season finale which saw Max Verstappen snatch the title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Race director Michael Masi had botched his handling of a late safety car period which gifted the win to the Red Bull racer and it took a long time for Hamilton to forgive the FIA.

Later on, he added that the money would be donated to a worthy cause. He declared, “There will be a fine related to the gala.” However, we’ve collaborated to guarantee that the funds will be used to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to encourage them to pursue careers in motorsport engineering.

Hamilton did not attend last year’s event either. Because of this, he was unable to attend the Bologna ceremony where the Mercedes driver who had won the Action of the Year award for his incredible double takeover of Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc at the 2022 British Grand Prix was presented.

However, he was under no requirement to appear, so he was not penalized at that particular instance. Perez and Leclerc were the ones required to accompany Verstappen at the ceremony, as Hamilton finished just sixth in the drivers’ standings during a miserable season for Mercedes.

Hamilton would typically classify his seventh-place finish at the Las Vegas Grand Prix as a dismal one. However, the British driver was in high spirits following a race that, although plagued by numerous misfortunes, he nevertheless found enjoyable.

“I’m really grateful that the race was so good, and I’m really happy to have had a positive race,” he remarked. “I’m not sure how entertaining it was to watch, but there was a lot of overtaking. It was superior to Baku.

“I honestly didn’t think the track would be this amazing, but as I completed more and more laps, I found that I truly enjoyed racing. Many excellent opportunities to overtake. I believe Vegas disproved everyone who was so pessimistic about the weekend, saying things like “it’s all about the show,” etc.”

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