Is on full brake and gearing down to first at 80kph before turning in for
4 frames later, he begins his turn in at 76kph while still essentially on
10 frames later, still before the apex, he's off the brake and just
slightly on the throttle
12 frames later, just short of the apex, he's off the throttle and back on
He stays on the brakes for 31 frames; well past the apex.
That's not a normal maneuver.
From BBC Read and STFU.
Did Hamilton do anything wrong?
The red-flag period gave the race stewards in Baku the chance to properly
analyse telemetry data from Hamilton's car.
They looked at his behaviour at all three safety-car restarts and concluded
the Mercedes driver did nothing wrong. The FIA said he did not brake or lift
off excessively and maintained a more or less constant speed.
The language in that statement leaves room for doubt as to whether Hamilton
slowed down before Vettel hit him.
Some on social media have reacted to on-board video from Hamilton's car,
claiming telemetry graphics indicated he did brake shortly before the
initial impact, and used it as evidence that Vettel was right to accuse
Hamilton of 'brake-testing' him.
But the video does not show this. Close analysis of the footage shows
Hamilton is slowing as he approaches the apex of the corner, and keeps the
brakes on lightly past the apex. His minimum speed is 51km/h as he exits the
corner. But he has come off the brakes and is coasting before Vettel hits
At this point, Hamilton was preparing for the restart, and managing his gap
to Vettel while bunching up the pack, trying to ensure he had the most
advantageous position. As the leader, that is his prerogative.
The FIA says there was no heavy braking or anything contrary to the rules.