Lewis Hamilton risks being excluded from qualifying at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, placed under investigation for a DRS infringement.
Hamilton had cruised to the P1 spot for Saturday’s sprint at Interlagos finishing fourth tenths ahead of title rival Max Verstappen but, during the FIA’s post-session checks, Hamilton’s DRS did not satisfy lead technical delegate Jo Bauer.
‘The uppermost rear wing element adjustable positions were checked on car number 44 for compliance with Article 3.6.3 of the 2021 Formula One Technical Regulations. The requirement for the minimum distance was fulfilled.
‘But the requirement for the maximum of 85mm, when the DRS system is deployed and tested in accordance with TD/011-19, were not fulfilled.
‘I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.’
Con DRS activado y ala superior abierta, la distancia máxima entre los 2 elementos de ala trasera debe ser 85mm. El de Hamilton fue superior
With DRS activated and upper flap opened, the max distance between the 2 elements must be 85mm. On Hamilton's car was bigger https://t.co/ilQu8V1F5V pic.twitter.com/IxI5HXthFD
— Albert Fabrega (@AlbertFabrega) November 12, 2021
If the stewards do deem Hamilton to be in breach of TD/011-19, then he risks being excluded from Friday’s qualifying classification and being sent to the pit lane for the Saturday sprint.
That is because the infringement would need to be rectified ahead of Saturday’s sprint and, because the cars are locked in parc ferme conditions, that would mean Hamilton’s W12 needs a set-up change. A set-up change automatically sends a driver and his car to the pit lane.
Hamilton already has a five-place grid drop coming his way for Sunday’s race after Mercedes added a fifth ICE to his W12.
Hamilton and Mercedes will be meeting the stewards at 1915 local time.
More to follow…
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