Lewis Hamilton could be stripped of Russian Grand Prix pole as stewards investigate

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    Lewis Hamilton has been summoned to the stewards at the Russian Grand Prix after qualifying in pole position. Max Verstappen beat Valtteri Bottas to second place and stopped a Mercedes front-row lockout.

    Hamilton almost fell foul of Sebastian Vettel’s Q2 crash which brought about a red flag.

    The Brit was 15th after his initial lap was cancelled because he went off the track at Turn Two.

    The six-time world champion was able to record an out-lap as he crosses the line with 1.25seconds to spare.

    Hamilton had another scare in Q3 when he drove into the gravel, but he is being investigated for a failure to return to the track safely earlier in qualifying.

    The summons read Hamilton was to be spoken to about an “Alleged failure to follow the Race Directors’ Instruction (item 22.1 a) in turn 2 at 15:04:43, alleged breach of Article 12.1.1.(i) of the FIA International Sporting Code.”

    Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Nicholas Latifi were also called to the stewards.

    If Hamilton is given a grid penalty then he will lose pole position and Bottas will be promoted to second, behind Verstappen.

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