After docking Lewis Hamilton a 25-second penalty that cost him the win at the Belgium Grand Prix, on of the Stewards has spoken of his actions and his position on the incident. Reuters carried the story:
“There was no conspiracy against anybody, McLaren included,” Thathi, who comes from Kenya, told news agency Reuters. “We acted professionally and within the FIA rules. Hamilton took a short cut inside of the corner while off the track.”
He added: “We had a choice to mete out a time penalty or 10 grid places in the next grand prix race. We opted for the former and handed a time penalty of 25 seconds.
“I know I am a very unpopular person in the United Kingdom now, but then I was doing my job and I know I acted professionally.”