What is a reprimand in F1 after Lewis Hamilton hit with one in Saudi Arabia?

Jake Nichol December 4, 2021
What is a reprimand in F1 after Lewis Hamilton hit with one in Saudi Arabia?
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Lewis Hamilton was slapped with a reprimand by Formula One stewards in practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but what is the meaning of a reprimand in F1? How many are drivers allowed before they receive a penalty?

In third practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at Jeddah, Hamilton was on a slow-lap through the twisty first sector.

At Turn 8, a rapidly closing Nikita Mazepin came across the slow Mercedes on the exit of a blind corner.

Mazepin was forced to take avoiding action to avoid a massive accident and rear-ending Hamilton.

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He was summoned to the stewards for the infringement, and was handed a reprimand. But what is a reprimand in F1?

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F1 reprimand meaning explained

A reprimand in F1 is a stern telling off from the race stewards for an offence committed by a driver.

It is a step under an official warning and similar to getting your name on the board at school for misbehaving.

Drivers are allowed three reprimands per season before they receive an automatic 10-place grid penalty as punishment.

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Hamilton was issued with a reprimand for blocking Mazepin, and Mercedes fined a hefty $25,000 for not informing Hamilton of Mazepin in enough time.

How many has Hamilton got?

It is Hamilton’s second reprimand of the season – after one in practice for the Mexico City Grand Prix.

There, he cut across some grass, and did not rejoin the track in accordance with the race director’s notes.

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At the Hungarian GP in July, four drivers, including Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas were hit with reprimands.

They did not remove their ‘We Race as One’ T-shirts before the start of the Hungarian national anthem.

Will it affect the title race?

Hamilton’s reprimand was his second of the season.

Provided he – or indeed Verstappen do not commit any more misdemeanors, there will not a be penalty issued.

In 2013, former Red Bull driver Mark Webber was hit with a 10-place penalty for racking up three reprimands.

The final one came in Singapore after he grabbed a lift back to the pits from Fernando Alonso.

Alonso stopped to pick Webber up on the exit of a blind corner.

This forced other drivers to take avoiding action on the cool-down lap to avoid the Ferrari.

Webber took a 10-place grid penalty drop next time out in Korea.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.