Lewis Hamilton put in a brilliant performance at the United States Grand Prix, and finished the race in P2.
However, his car did not pass the post-race inspection, as his car’s floor plank had shown excessive wear. Charles Leclerc’s car also failed the inspection.
The matter was referred to the stewards, who disqualified both drivers, which is the usual punishment in such situations.
After the race, Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin explained what happened.
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“We are of course naturally very disappointed to lose our podium finish,” the Briton said.
“Unfortunately, it is one of the pitfalls of the sprint format where we have a solitary hour of running before parc fermé.
“Without running at a race fuel load in FP1, combined with a circuit as bumpy as this and the parts of the track where the drivers have to put the car during the Grand Prix, have contributed to the higher than expected wear levels.
“We will go away and learn from this but also take the positives from our experience as a whole,” Shovlin concluded.