Lewis Hamilton should have been disqualified from the European GP in Valencia last weekend for his safety car transgression. That’s the opinion of disgraced former Renault boss Flavio Briatore.
The Italian was a visitor to the paddock in Spain, and he witnessed first-hand the moment Lewis illegally overtook the safety car on his way to the pit-lane for new tyres on lap 10 of the race, and the subsequent punishment that the Brit belatedly received for his misdemeanor.
Briatore – no stranger to controversy himself, of course, following the infamous ‘Singapore-gate’ race-fixing scandal – agreed with Ferrari and his former protege Fernando Alonso that Hamilton’s drive-through penalty was far too lenient and disproportionate, and maintained that the safety car regulations need amending.
“The rules aren’t precise,” he said. “You can’t have a penalty for Hamilton after 20 laps; it should be [after] two or three. Passing the safety car is more like a black flag penalty. Hamilton is lucky – everything he does turns out well.”