Hamilton at fault and a shame for Albon.
I think it looked kind of worse than it was because Hamilton tried to back out of it. Had he gone for it fully he’d have been close to alongside. But still his fault.
Slightly confused by the penalty (and the one for Ricciardo). Thought both penalties were fair, but both were out of whack with recent stewarding, which has let incidents like these go.
The way this is written, it implies Hamilton forced their hands. I confess, I thought you kind of had to go to the stewards, didn't know you could just submit a guilty as charged in absentia.
Mercedes sporting director Ron Meadows passed on the message that his driver had admitted he was at fault and in effect obliged the stewards to award a five-second penalty, as race director Michael Masi explained.
"They were going to do a post race investigation," said Masi. "So they did summon both drivers. But the team admitted to the breach.
"They came down and said 'You don't need to summons us. Lewis has admitted it', apparently from what Ron said, and that was it.
"There was an investigation, but you investigate, and you've got the team that comes down and says, 'We made a mistake,' it becomes a very simple investigation to the other side!"