Lewis Hamilton cleared of any grid infingement – no penalty

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The FIA has cleared Lewis Hamilton of previously suspected grid infringement that allegedly happened before the start of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race.

After a brilliant drive at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race, Lewis Hamilton manged to get from P8 to P3, however, afterwards it was announced that he was being investigated for an infringement that happened before the start of the race.

Lewis was suspected of parking his car on the starting grid behind the yellow line on the grid box, which determined if a driver has jumped their grid slot.

Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo were investigated for the same offence.

After some deliberation, the FIA decided to clear all three drivers of any infringement.


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“The stewards reviewed the start sequence, as it was observed that multiple cars were potentially out of their grid box in violation of Article 8.6.1.a) of the FIA International Sporting Code, being either to the left or right of the grid box,” the stewards’ report read.

“Having reviewed all available angles of video, and making measurements on the grid, the stewards noted that the grid boxes were slightly smaller than usual and that the drivers’ visibility makes compliance extremely difficult and that no driver was in a position that gained any advantage.

“The stewards are therefore satisfied to take no further action,” the report concluded.

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