A turbulent weekend for Mercedes: First world champion Lewis Hamilton was given a penalty, then he moved up 15 places in the sprint. His team boss gave praise and an announcement to the competition.
What a black weekend for Mercedes: Two penalties, for an engine change and for an irregular rear wing, have thrown Lewis Hamilton far back. Hope for the world title seems to be gone – or is it? He made up 15 places in the sprint and even finished fifth. Taking the penalty transfer into account, this makes it tenth on the grid.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff certified his star driver a “brilliant job” and said defiantly over the radio: “You can all of us times.” Wolff explained the outbreak later. “It’s an attitude that we have. When the going gets tough, you have to build that resilience.”
Hamilton also admitted: “It was devastating, but you can’t let it stop you. It’s not over yet.” Wolff also sees it that way, who showed irritation at the whole procedure.
The race stewards rated the Hamilton’s using Mercedes in qualifying on Friday as not compliant with the rules; when using the Drag Reduction System (DRS), the adjustable rear wing opened too far. According to Wolff, it was a “trifle”. “We didn’t have an illegal wing, but simply damage that expressed itself in such a way that it was okay on the left, okay in the middle and maybe 0.2 millimeters missing on the right,” said the Austrian.
Wolff threatened to take a closer look at the competition in the future and to give the FIA, the World Automobile Federation, a tip: “We’ll be asking a lot of questions in the coming weeks if we see something from other teams. The modus operandi has changed a bit. ” It is taken for granted that Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team turned to the FIA about Hamilton’s rear wing.
Max Verstappen leads the World Cup with 21 points ahead of Hamilton. After the race in Sao Paulo there are three more races on the program.