Max Verstappen to be investigated by stewards after inspecting Lewis Hamilton’s car at the Brazilian GP
Now Max Verstappen is on the bench! The Red Bull star joins Lewis Hamilton in being investigated by stewards for a possible rule infraction after the Dutch star was seen inspecting rival Mercedes’ car after qualifying in Brazil.
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of winning a record eighth Formula One championship could have a lifeline after stewards called up Max Verstappen for a possible infraction of the Parc Fermé rules.
A video posted on Twitter showed the Dutchman inspecting the rear wing of Hamilton’s Mercedes on Friday after the Briton finished four tenths of a second ahead of him to secure pole position for today’s sprint.
The FIA, motorsport’s governing body, confirmed that Verstappen’s actions were under review and that the Red Bull driver had been asked to attend an official hearing for an “alleged violation of Article 2.5.1 of the International Sporting Code of the FIA ”.
Max Verstappen has been summoned by the stewards for an incident in the parc fermé
Article 2.5.1 establishes that: ‘Inside the Parc Fermé, only assigned officials can enter. No operation, verification, tune-up or repair is allowed unless authorized by the officials themselves or by applicable regulations. ‘
The hearing will take place at 9:30 am local time on Saturday (12:30 pm GMT), five hours before the start of the 24-lap sprint race.
Hamilton, who follows Verstappen by 19 points in the standings with four races to play and 107 points at stake, faces a meeting with his own stewards.
Verstappen leads the drivers’ championship with a 19-point margin over Lewis Hamilton
The Briton’s car was referred to the stewards after qualifying for an irregularity in its DRS system and remains under investigation.
If the steward determines that Hamilton’s Mercedes violated technical regulations, the seven-time world champion could be disqualified from qualifying and would have to start the sprint race from last place.
It would be a huge blow to Hamilton, who has already received a five-place grid penalty after his team opted to install a new engine unit in his car.
“We have a degradation in the engine that until the end of the season will continue to decrease in power, we have not yet realized why,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.
Hamilton took pole for the sprint race on Friday, finishing 0.4 seconds ahead of Verstappen
The Briton, however, has been cited by commissioners for possible DRS violations.
“It is degrading much more than the average in recent years. If we maintain the engine we will not be competitive [at the final two rounds] in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. ‘
Hamilton, however, remained optimistic despite the five-place penalty.
‘We have the penalty but we will give everything. It’s not easy to stay here and Max is starting from pole now, ‘he said after qualifying.
“It’s going to be very difficult to catch him, but I will do my best to get across the field.”