Lewis Hamilton was handed a 10-second stop-go penalty at the Italian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton will need to be extra cautious over the next six Grands Prix or he faces a one-race ban after his penalty at the Italian Grand Prix. The F1 championship leader was in complete control of the race at Monza on Sunday having opened up a lead in excess of 10 seconds in the first few laps.
That quickly changed though when Kevin Magnussen retired from the race, parking his car on the side of the track leading to a safety car being deployed.
The pit lane was immediately closed as a result of stewards having to move the Haas car.
Hamilton was unaware the pit lane was off limits though, as were Mercedes, as Hamilton used the safety car period to come in for a fresh set of tyres.
It proved to be a costly decision as Hamilton was eventually handed 10-second stop-go penalty, which would send him to the back of the grid.
Hamilton’s penalty led to a fascinating finale which saw Pierre Gasly take the chequered flag as an unlikely winner.
Speaking after the race, Hamilton took full responsibility for missing the signs.
“Nobody’s happy. We all have to hold one another accountable,” he said. “I definitely hold myself accountable for not seeing the signs.
“But it is part of a whole sequence of things that weren’t perfect as a team.”
Hamilton ended up finishing seventh in the race and due to Max Verstappen retiring and Valtteri Bottas only managing fifth, the six-time world champion still holds a healthy lead at the top of the standings.
But that could be in serious threat if he isn’t more careful in the next six race weekends.
The incident at the Italian Grand Prix saw two penalty points added on to his license, meaning he is now up to a total of eight.
A driver faces an automatic one-race ban when they accumulate 12 points on their licence.
Just earlier this season, Hamilton picked up four penalty points for two separate incidents at the Austrian Grand Prix.
And Hamilton has six race weekends to tread carefully before his penalty points will be wiped on November 17th.
The British superstar currently has more penalty points than any other F1 driver, with Alex Albon on five.
Daniil Kvyat has four while Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Raikkonen and George Russell all have three.