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.
In Mercedes’ post-race report, Lewis Hamilton and team boss Toto Wolff gave their first reaction to the news.
“It is of course disappointing to be disqualified post-race but that doesn’t take away from the progress we’ve made this weekend,” Hamilton said.
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Wolff agreed that the disqualification was warranted.
“Turning to the race result and the disqualification, set-up choices on a sprint weekend are always a challenge with just one hour of free practice – and even more so at a bumpy circuit like COTA and running a new package,” the Austrian said.
“In the end, all of that doesn’t matter; others got it right where we got it wrong and there’s no wiggle room in the rules.
“We need to take it on the chin, do the learning, and come back stronger next weekend,” Wolff concluded.