Mercedes’ first entrance row sweep of the 2022 Method 1 season has been saved after Lewis Hamilton and different drivers below investigation escaped a penalty for a begin violation which the FIA has put all the way down to the small Interlagos grid bins.
Hamilton, Zhou Guanyu of Alfa Romeo and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo spent the dash race and the hours afterwards below the specter of a penalty for being incorrectly positioned at the beginning, which the FIA mentioned it could assess after the race.
Earlier than the stewards made their verdict, Mercedes’ trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin informed Sky Sports activities Hamilton had lined up ‘conservatively’, showing assured his driver had began appropriately.
This was backed up by the identical channel’s pundit Karun Chandhok who used onboard footage to indicate Hamilton behind the all necessary yellow line which drivers can’t be forward of within the grid field.
Having investigated, and even made measurements on the grid, the FIA has deemed that the drivers weren’t at fault.
The assertion from the stewards learn: “The stewards reviewed the beginning sequence, because it was noticed that a number of vehicles have been doubtlessly out of their grid field in violation of Article 8.6.1.a) of the FIA Worldwide Sporting Code, being both to the left or proper of the grid field.
“Having reviewed all obtainable angles of video, and making measurements on the grid, the stewards famous that the grid bins have been barely smaller than typical and that the drivers’ visibility makes compliance extraordinarily troublesome and that no driver was able that gained any benefit.
“The stewards are due to this fact happy to take no additional motion.”
George Russell took Mercedes’ first win of the season on Saturday – albeit within the dash race – and Hamilton got here dwelling third behind Carlos Sainz.
However this was as a result of develop into a Russell-Hamilton entrance row due to second-place dash finisher Sainz’s five-place grid penalty for engine element adjustments, which he’ll take forward of tomorrow’s principal race.
That meant the results of the investigation might have impacted Hamilton’s beginning spot however he’s now free to line up forward of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Ricciardo and Zhou completed the dash eleventh and thirteenth respectively.
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