Lewis Hamilton under investigation for incident before Russian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton is under investigation by the Russian Grand Prix stewards for doing a practice start outside of the designated area. It is the second time the Brit has found himself in hot water this weekend.

Hamilton was summoned to the stewards office after qualifying on pole position as he allegedly overshot the curb at Turn Two.

Four drivers were called out over the incident but they all got away without any punishment.

Another investigation was launched half an hour before the lights went out in Sochi because Hamilton did a practice start at the end of the pit-lane.

Race rules say that practice starts can only be done in the pit-lane itself.

Hamilton is looking to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 F1 race wins this afternoon.

But he may not find out if he is being punished for his pre-race antics until after he has crossed the chequered flag.

Speaking ahead of the lights going out, the six-time world champion felt he was at a disadvantage by starting on the soft tyres.

Max Verstappen, who joins Hamilton on the front row, is starting on the more durable mediums, as is Valtteri Bottas in third.

“Even though I’m on pole, I’m on the back foot,” Hamilton said.

“I don’t know how I’m going to make this strategy work today.”

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