File picture of Lewis Hamilton© AFP
Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had been each disqualified from Sunday’s US Grand Prix after their automobiles failed post-race inspections. Former world champion Hamilton had completed second behind Max Verstappen in Austin whereas Leclerc got here in sixth. Each drivers noticed these outcomes scratched, nevertheless, after a technical workforce discovered extreme put on of their automobiles flooring planks. The disqualification got here following a listening to that befell roughly 4 hours after Verstappen, who has already clinched the motive force’s championship, powered to victory in Sunday’s race.
A press release by motorsport’s governing physique, the FIA, stated each groups had acknowledged the findings of the inspection report, stating that the irregularities had been probably brought on by the bumpy observe and the tight turnaround for Sunday’s race after Saturday’s dash.
“The Stewards observe that the onus is on the competitor to make sure that the automobile is in compliance with the rules always throughout an occasion… due to this fact the usual penalty for a breach of the technical rules is imposed,” the assertion stated.
Hamilton’s disqualification means McLaren’s Lando Norris was promoted to second, with Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz, who completed fourth, bumped to 3rd.
Mercedes driver George Russell moved as much as fifth from seventh following Leclerc’s disqualification.