Lewis Hamilton goes undercover to inspire school children
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been disqualified from Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying and will now need to start the sprint race from the back of the grid after an FIA investigation into his rear wing.
After being summoned to the stewards in a length overnight process, the FIA released a document stating that Hamilton’s car “could not fulfill the requirement of a maximum 85mm measurement (adjustable positions of uppermost rear wing element)” and therefore was disqualified from the session.
After setting the fastest time, Hamilton was seen clambering out of his car to the cheers from the Mercedes team, but questions were raised also after a video emerged of Verstappen looking at the rear of the Red Bull, and then seemingly checking his rival’s car too.
Verstappen was then summoned to the stewards over an alleged breach of the FIA International Sporting Code relating to parc ferme conditions, with the championship leader due to start alongside the seven-time world champion on Saturday.
The Dutchman was only hit with a fine however of around £42,000 pounds after touching Hamilton’s rear wing in brazil.
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The document continued to say: “Inlay terms, there is a gap between the upper and lower parts of the rear wing. When the DRS is not activated this gap must be between 10mm and 15mm. The car passed this part of the test. When DRS is activated
“When DRS is activated, which raises the upper element of the wing to a flatter position, the gap must be between 10mm and 85mm.
“The maximum gap is measured, in accordance with TD/011-19, by pushing an 85mm gauge against the gap with a maximum load of 10N (ten newtons.)
“If the gauge goes through then the car has failed the test. In this case, the gauge would not pass through at the inner section of the wing, but did at the outer section of the wing.
“This test was repeated four times with two different gauges, once being done in the presence of the Stewards and representatives of the Competitor.”
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