HOCKENHEIM, Germany, July 22 (Reuters) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton risks losing his German Grand Prix victory after being summoned by Hockenheim stewards on Sunday for a possible pit-lane infringement.
Stewards were investigating whether the Mercedes driver, who won from 14th on the grid, illegally crossed a line separating the entry from the track when he hurriedly changed his mind about pitting during a safety car period.
Hamilton, who could be handed a time penalty if found guilty of the offence, finished 4.5 seconds ahead of Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas and 6.7 clear of Ferrari’s third-placed Kimi Raikkonen.
The summons came more than an hour after the end of the race at Hockenheim, after the podium presentations and news conferences.
Hamilton’s victory had catapulted him 17 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the home favourite who crashed out while leading on a wet and slippery track. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)