Lewis Hamilton has suggested Charles Leclerc should have received “different consequences” for forcing him off the track at the Italian GP, claiming “the new generation get away with a lot more”.
Hamilton and Leclerc were locked in a gripping duel for much of Sunday’s enthralling race but, in their critical encounter at Monza’s second chicane, the Mercedes driver was squeezed wide and onto the run-off area when trying to make a move around the outside.
Why did Leclerc receive a warning?
Report: Leclerc holds off Mercedes pressure
Leclerc was handed a black-and-white flag, a final warning, after the incident but avoided a penalty and went on to seal a popular home win for Ferrari, while Hamilton eventually dropped back to third.
“It seems like the new generation get away with a lot more in that space of how they manoeuvre their car compared to, I would say, the more experienced drivers,” Hamilton, who said he had to “avoid the collision”, told Sky F1.
“But it’s good knowledge – now I know – and, yeah, look forward to the next one.”
Hamilton then appeared to question why Leclerc was not handed a time penalty.
“We’ve just constantly asked for consistency,” he added. “There was a rule put in place and it wasn’t abided by today.
“They used different consequences for the rule today but I don’t really know why that was the case. I guess the stewards woke up on a different side of the bed this morning.”
Why was Leclerc handed a ‘yellow card’?
The use of the black-and-white flag in the Leclerc-Hamilton incident was explained by the FIA’s race director, Michael Masi, when he joined Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson at the SkyPad following Sunday’s race.
Wolff: Leclerc defence ‘maybe a little bit over the edge’
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff praised Leclerc and Ferrari’s performances over the weekend, as the Scuderia ended their nine-year Monza victory drought.
But the Austrian reckons the stewards’ Leclerc calls could have gone the other way too.
“He drove a hard but brilliant race – and Ferrari had the strongest package, no doubt about that,” Wolff told Sky Sports.
“We threw everything at them, two of our guys at him, and it wasn’t enough.
“In terms of the driving, it was maybe a little bit over the edge but what is the consequence? Do you want to give him a penalty in Monza winning the race? I think we would have had riots here!”
Wolff added: “I have so many problems in my life to sort out that I don’t want to have Michael Masi and the FIA’s problems, because this is another problem they have! We want to see hard racing but how far does the leniency go? You could have given a penalty for both incidents – the one pushing Lewis off and the other one being a bit feisty.
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