British driver, who will lose five places on the grid for changing the combustion chamber of his Mercedes engine, may face a new sanction.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) will decide this Saturday on the new sanction that the sevenfold English Formula One world champion may suffer Lewis Hamilton due to irregularities that were discovered in the movable rear wing of his car in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The organizing entity of the Formula 1 World Championship He explained, about four hours after opening the investigation, that the commissioners will not make any decision tonight as they await evidence that will not be available until this Saturday morning.
He also noted that that part of the rear wing assembly of vehicle 44 will be confiscated overnight.
Hamilton, who will lose five places on the grid by change engine combustion chamber of your Mercedes, you can thus suffer a new sanction in this Brazilian Grand Prix (from Sao Paulo, this year).
Apparently, Hamilton could have benefited irregularly of the DRS system (the aerodynamic grip reduction system) when he set this Friday the best time of the timed that orders the starting grid of qualifying this Saturday, a sprint test of about 100 kilometers, the third part of the race of the Sunday.
The F1 management informed this Friday at the São Paulo circuit of Interlagos in Sao Paulo that the FIA technical delegate, Jo Bauer, warned that the amplitude of the DRS of the Mercedes of the seven-time English world champion exceeds the established measure (85 millimeters) according to article 3.6.3 of the F1 technical regulations.
For this reason, if the stewards decide to sanction him, Hamilton – second in the World Cup, 19 points behind the leader, the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – could suffer a new penalty that would force him to start this Saturday from the last position of the grid or from the ‘pit lane’.
Following the decision on Hamilton, the commissioners announced that they had summoned Max Verstappen and a representative of Red Bull to appear this Saturday for a “alleged infringement of FIA Article 2.5.1”.
Said article establishes that “Only assigned officials can enter the Parc Fermé. No operation, verification, set-up or repair is allowed, except with the authorization of the officials themselves or of the applicable regulations ”.
Verstappen was seen approaching Hamilton’s car in the Parc Fermé after qualifying, with a video taken by a fan on the circuit apparently showing him touching the rear wing of the Mercedes, possibly the alleged infraction for which he has been cited.
All this means that both contenders for the title could face penalties this weekend, but no decisions will be made until Saturday.
Qualifying in a sprint test format – which debuted this year at Silverstone (England) and is being used for the third time, having also been used at Monza (Italy) – will not only command the starting formation for Sunday’s race, but also which will award three, two and one point, respectively to the first three classified; so that the decision can clearly affect the resolution of the World Cup, with four races remaining for completion. (D)
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