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Lewis never should have given the position back, but he did. That was a decision made by the team based on their understanding of the rules. Since he gave the position back, the final on track positions should stand.
He was asked "Were you instructed....." This is a very open question. Instructed by whom? The FIA / Race Stewards, which is how I would interpret the question considering its source, or my team?
This whole incident has been VERY poorly handled from the time it happened right through to now.
Maybe I'll have to start watching NASCAR instead.
Only a drivers` team can actually speak to him across the radio, Greg.
If he is given a penalty (e.g. a drive-through or stop & go, then his team (usually his race engineer) will inform him as to what he must do.
If he was instructed anything by anyone while on track it HAS to come through his team.
All radio transmissions must be available to the FIA. The Stewards only had to listen to the recordings to see what, if anything, was said.
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gregs point of "was he instructed...."
In the interview by the FIA after the race, and greg has a point.
The FIA should of been clear to LH, FIA should of asked LH,
"were you instructed by your team, mclaren, to let trulli pass?"
That would of been clear.