Hamilton was penalised after getting into the pitlane whereas it was closed throughout Sunday’s race at Monza, costing him the lead and dropping him to the again of the sphere.
The pitlane was closed shortly after the security automobile was deployed in order that Kevin Magnussen’s stricken Haas automobile may very well be wheeled from the exit of the ultimate nook again in direction of the garages.
Mercedes solely turned conscious the pitlane was closed simply as Hamilton got here to pit entry, with Hamilton himself lacking two boards denoting he shouldn’t enter the pits.
The stewards stated Hamilton must serve a cease/go penalty throughout a pink flag interval attributable to a giant crash for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, resulting in a 30-minute stoppage.
During this era, Hamilton was proven on the TV feed going as much as the stewards’ places of work within the Monza paddock earlier than in the end returning to his automobile. He went on to complete the race seventh after serving his penalty on the race restart.
Hamilton defined after the race that he had gone to the stewards to grasp why the penalty had been awarded, having not seen any pink gentle at pit entry.
“I came back, spoke to the team, they didn’t have any video, and I just wanted to see what had been missed,” Hamilton stated.
“I could have sworn on the entry to the pitlane there was no red light. It wasn’t to see Michael [Masi], it was to see the other stewards who made the decisions with penalties.
“They simply shortly confirmed me the onboard, and there have been two indicators that had an X on it. I really did not see them, as a result of I used to be trying elsewhere.
“Then there was not really much more for me to do, so I just left, went back, got changed, and that’s ultimately why I was a little bit late to the grid.”
Asked by Motorsport.com how exhausting it was to identify the boards, Hamilton stated he had not beforehand identified the lights denoting the pitlane was closed can be proven on the left-hand aspect of the circuit.
“I don’t remember any time coming here that that was the indicator for the pitlane closing,” he stated.
“I’ve never actually known that would be on the left. That was a new experience.”
Hamilton additionally echoed Mercedes staff principal Toto Wolff’s shock that the pitlane was closed in order that Magnussen’s automobile may very well be returned to the pit lane, having anticipated it to be wheeled backwards into a spot within the fence at Parabolica.
“I’m generally quite unsure why they pushed the car from that spot which they could have pushed the car back into,” Hamilton stated.
“Why the hell did they push it? I know why, but I don’t understand why they took that decision necessarily, because that wasn’t needed.”