Angry Hamilton claims stewards are 'trying to stop me'

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An angry Lewis Hamilton has claimed that stewards in the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix were trying to stop him from winning the event
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The Mercedes driver picked up two five second time penalties for performing practice starts outside of the prescribed area pre-race.

Investigated by the stewards, the championship leader was handed two penalties as a result; one for each instance.

Instruction from FIA Race Director, Michael Masi, advised drivers where it was acceptable to perform a practice start, along with a raft of other event and circuit specific information.

While not forming part of the sporting or technical regulations, breaching the instructions in those notes comes with the potential of a discretionary penalty by the stewards.

In Hamilton's instance, that was a five second penalty for each breach.

That left the six-time world champion aggrieved as he felt he'd been singled out unfairly.

Leading in the early stages in Russia, Hamilton ultimately came home third in a race won by team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

"If you look at probably every race that I've done this year, at least, I always (perform a practice) start further down (pit exit)," Hamilton explained.

"Never, ever had a problem, done it for years.

"(In Russia) I haven't done that before, I would say, but it says you have to be on the right after the lights, it doesn't say how far.

"I don't like to be on the rubber, that's where everyone has done all their…
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