Hamilton cleared after begin process investigation, Merc front-row confirmed

Hamilton turned in a powerful restoration drive from eighth on the grid to complete third behind Mercedes teammate George Russell and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in Saturday’s dash race in Sao Paulo. 

With Sainz set to drop 5 positions for an engine change, Mercedes will lock out the entrance row of the grid for the primary time this season for Sunday’s grand prix. 

Nonetheless, there was some doubt over Hamilton’s third-place end when it was introduced that he – together with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu – could be investigated after the dash for an incident regarding the beginning process. 

All three infringements had been checked out and cleared by the Sao Paulo stewards, that means no penalties had been handed out. 

“The Stewards reviewed the beginning sequence, because it was noticed that a number of automobiles had 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,” an FIA assertion learn. 

“Having reviewed all obtainable angles of video, and making measurements on the grid, the Stewards famous that the grid bins had been barely smaller than standard and that the drivers’ visibility makes compliance extraordinarily tough and that no driver was ready that gained any benefit. 

“The Stewards are subsequently glad to take no additional motion.”

Talking earlier than the investigation, Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin stated he felt the onboard footage confirmed Hamilton had stayed inside his grid field. 

“It might be linked to positioning within the field, however we’ve obtained the onboard, and it seems like we’re very, very conservative in the place we positioned it when it comes to the road,” Shovlin advised Sky Sports activities after qualifying.

“Whether or not it was a sensor difficulty, I don’t know. From the pictures we’ve seen, there doesn’t look to be any trace that we had been exterior of that field.”

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