Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg both received a ten-place grid penalty at the French Grand Prix after the pitlane incident during the Canadian race. As Rosberg believes the penalty was deserved, Hamilton says that the punishment is too harsh.
Kimi Raikkonen and Robert Kubica were waiting for the red light at the pitlane exit as Lewis Hamilton crashed into the back of the Ferrari. The crash ended both men's race. Hamilton said: “We are in a race. How can you see a red light at the end of the pit lane? But that's the rule and I accept it. Still the penalty is a bit harsh really asI didn't aim to ruin anyone's race.”
After Hamilton crashed into Raikkonen's car, he as well was hit from behind. Nico Rosberg pushed the brake too late. The Williams driver lost his front wing but was able to continue the race. He as well will receive a ten-place grid penalty at Magny-Cours. Rosberg said: “I think I deserve the penalty, the same as Hamilton. He didn't stop, and neither did I, so we deserve the same fate. I saw the red lights too late, so it is natural that there is a penalty. I made a mistake."