Lewis Hamilton threatens to quit over F1 controversy

Lewis Hamilton threatens to quit over F1 controversy

"During the second Qualifying session at 15:27hrs, the driver of auto number 05, when called for weighing, refused to turn off the engine".

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari look at a paddock display during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 25, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Lewis Hamilton is not planning to orchestrate a victory for teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend if the two drivers find themselves leading the race. Vettel then drove off the scales under his own power - which is not the protocol - and in doing so broke the scales, leading to an investigation. Max Verstappen out-qualified teammate Daniel Ricciardo by 0.002s, although the latter faces a five-place grid penalty for the new turbocharger Red Bull fitted to his vehicle on Friday. But assuming he can hold second by the end of the first lap, the race should quickly come to Vettel who will have the advantage of more durable tyres on a track where rear blistering is a serious concern.

The drivers were all preparing for their first flying laps and Hamilton suddenly saw the Russian coming up behind him at much higher speed approaching Turn 12.

"They shouldn't call us when the conditions are changing like that, I think it's unfair if somebody gets pulled in".

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While Vettel's incident was the main talking point from Q2, Lewis Hamilton was also involved in a noteworthy incident.

Q2 also saw Hamilton and Sergey Sirotkin almost come together as the Mercedes tried to move off line late as Sirotkin approached at full speed despite being on an out lap. Sirotkin was on an out-lap at the time rather than a hot-lap and cleared Hamilton of any blame in the media pen immediately after the session.

Charles Leclerc's Q2 lap was something very special indeed.

Also dropping out were the Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon - who will start from 18th due to a gearbox penalty - as well as Nico Hulkenberg and Sirotkin.

The Ferrari driver had been called at random to the weighbridge scales just as rain began to fall at the Interlagos circuit at the start of the second qualifying session. Lance Stroll was 19th, with the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne either side of him and set for another hard race from the back end of the grid.

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