After he set pole position for Saturday’s “Sprint” event, it turned out that his Mercedes rear wing violated the rules.
This means Hamilton will start the “sprint” from the last place and title rival Max Verstappen will stand on the pole.
In another verdict, Verstappen was fined € 50,000 for touching Hamilton’s car after qualifying.
The fine is worth £ 42,700.
The decision to penalize Hamilton could hurt his hopes for the title as the season heads towards the climax.
Hamilton has scored up to 107 points in four races, 19 points below Verstappen in the World Championships.
Briton also has a fifth grid penalty against the main Grand Prix after Mercedes installed a new engine in his car. It was his fifth time in the season that he had a maximum allowance of three.
If Verstappen scored at least five points more than Hamilton this weekend, the Dutch could finish second in all three races after seven champions and still win his first world title. increase.
The “Sprint” (a short race about one-third the distance of the Grand Prix) sets the grid for Sunday’s main event, giving the top three a few points.
The winner of the sprint has three points, the second is the driver and the third is one.
What was the problem with Hamilton’s car?
Hamilton’s car was introduced to Steward after setting up a fastest lap 0.438 seconds faster than Verstappen in a qualifying session on Friday.
The move took place after Red Bull filed a complaint with the FIA’s governing body about Hamilton’s rear wing.
Authorities inspected the wings and found that they did not comply with the rules regarding the maximum gap between the two factors when DRS overtaking assistance was deployed.
DRS operates the upper flap of the rear wing and lifts it at the designated part of the lap to reduce drag and increase linear speed.
The gap was measured to be greater than the maximum permissible distance of 85 mm in the outer section of the wing.
Mercedes argued that the design was intended to meet the rules, and Steward said, “I am happy that the design meets the regulatory intent,” and “maximum by either action or design.” There was no doubt that it was intended to exceed the dimensions. ”
According to Steward, it is clear that the extra gap was caused by additional play with either the DRS activator or the pivot, “or some combination with the mechanism or other obstacles, or improper assembly of parts”. bottom.
Steward accepted Mercedes’ claim that the problem was “something went wrong,” but decided that Hamilton needed to be disqualified because the parts did not comply with the rules.
Why was Verstappen punished?
Verstappen’s attack occurred when he went to see Hamilton’s car after qualifying. When Red Bull asked about the rear wing of Mercedes, they pulled up what was called a parc ferme.
Steward said it was clear that “when Verstappen touched his wings, he had little force.”
And they added that Verstappen’s actions were “unrelated” to Hamilton’s wing problem.
Steward admitted that it “became a driver’s habit of touching the car after qualifying and racing”-the point Verstappen did to them.
But they added: “This general trend is considered almost harmless and has not been cracked down uniformly.
“Nevertheless, it is a breach of parc ferme regulation and has significant potential for harm.”
Steward added that similar crimes “may be subject to different penalties.”