Action against Hamilton would deny fans the opportunity to witness a repeat of last year’s breathless Grand Prix at Silverstone, which saw the Brit clash with Max Verstappen on the opening lap. In the short term, at least, Hamilton can go into this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with a clear mind given that he is free from imminent consequences.
Mercedes had plenty of positives to take last time out in Spain as their porpoising issues finally look to be under control. An early collision with Kevin Magnussen left Hamilton miles behind the pack and he was ready to give up, but strong pace and perseverance earned him an impressive fifth-place finish and more precious points on the board.
Silver Arrows trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin recently told the F1 Nation podcast how Hamilton’s afternoon could well have been even better.