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Grosjean criticises Hamilton blocking decision

© AFP | Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean drives during the qualifying session at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England on July 15, 2017 ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix

SILVERSTONE (UNITED KINGDOM) (AFP) - 

Romain Grosjean risked the wrath of the stewards at the British Grand Prix on Saturday when he hinted that their decision not to penalise Lewis Hamilton for blocking demonstrated double standards.

The Frenchman claimed he lost three-tenths of a second in his Haas when he was held up behind Hamilton, in the early stages of Q3, in which the three-time champion went on to claim pole position.

"Maybe, if it was another driver, the sanction would have been something," he said. "And it does feel sometimes like there are two types of decisions."

He added: "I know that there is a world title going on at the front, but we are in a position where we actually fight as hard as the boys at the front -- and I was impeded today.

"We've put a lot of work in and, yes, I lost 0.35 seconds in two corners. If, next time, I have to get my front wing in his rear diffuser to show that I have been impeded..."

The stewards had decided that there was no case for Hamilton to answer after examining video and data following the session, but Grosjean was not satisfied.

In a similar outburst to those of championship leader Sebastian Vettel, he added: "We've got very clear rules in qualifying and, with ten cars on track in Q3, we should not have those problems."

© 2017 AFP