Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc have been sensationally disqualified from america Grand Prix after their automobiles failed common checks after the race on Monday morning (AEDT).
Hamilton completed second behind race winner Max Verstappen, whereas Leclerc was sixth after beginning on pole place.
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Their respective Mercedes and Ferrari automobiles had been referred to the stewards by FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer following a post-race test on the ground planks beneath their automobiles.
“A bodily flooring and a plank put on inspection was carried out on automobile numbers 16 and 44,” mentioned an announcement from Bauer.
“The skids positioned within the space -825 ≥ XR ≥ – 1025 are discovered to be not in compliance with Article 3.5.9 e) of the 2023 Method One Technical Laws.
“I’m referring this matter to the stewards for his or her consideration.”
Hours after the race ended, Hamilton and Leclerc had been disqualified, which means the championship factors they obtained have now been cancelled out.
Handing down the penalty, the stewards mentioned: “Throughout the listening to the crew acknowledged that the measurement carried out by the FIA technical crew was right and acknowledged that the excessive put on on the skid pads was most likely a results of the distinctive mixture of the bumpy observe and the dash race schedule that minimised the time to arrange and test the automobile earlier than the race.”
The stewards added “that the onus is on the competitor to make sure that the automobile is in compliance with the rules always throughout an occasion.”
The F1 technical rules state that the plank beneath the automobile — which is made out of wooden and resin — have to be 1 centimetre thick when new and can’t be worn down by greater than 1 millimetre.
The skid blocks, which stand proud of the plank flooring by 3 millimetres, assist to stop harm to the plank.
The penalty for a technical breach is disqualification.
Groups solely had one observe session to finalise their automobile setups as a consequence of this weekend having a Dash Race.
Mercedes acknowledged the FIA’s measurement was right, and mentioned the damage was “most likely a results of the distinctive mixture of the bumpy observe and the Dash race schedule that minimised the time to arrange and test the automobile earlier than the race.”
Some drivers additionally reported fighting the bumpy observe on the Circuit of the Americas.
Hamilton picked up helpful championship factors along with his second place end and had closed inside putting distance of Sergio Perez within the race for second within the drivers’ standings.
However these hopes would possibly properly have been dashed after Hamilton’s disqualification.
With Hamilton and Leclerc disqualified, the revised outcomes imply Carlos Sainz formally completed third and Williams rookie Logan Sargeant has now scored his first championship level.
Revised United States GP outcomes
1) Max Verstappen
2) Lando Norris
3) Carlos Sainz
4) Sergio Perez
5) George Russell
6) Pierre Gasly
7) Lance Stroll
8) Yuki Tsunoda
9) Alex Albon
10) Logan Sargeant
Extra to come back…