Mercedes is confident Lewis Hamilton will not get a penalty

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says onboard footage shows that Lewis Hamilton did not make a grid infringement.

Lewis Hamilton is currently being investigated for an alleged starting grid infringement, related to how he positioned his car ahead of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race.

After the race, Andrew Shovlin said Mercedes is confident that the car was positioned correctly.

“I wasn’t talking to Race Control, but they said they’d defer the decision until after the sprint race,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

“It may be linked to positioning in the box, but we’ve got the onboard and it looks like we’re very conservative in where we positioned the car in terms of the line.

“It might have been a sensor issue, I don’t know, but from the image we’ve seen, there doesn’t look to be any hint that we were outside the box.”

As for Mercedes P1 and P3 in the race, which is expected to turn into a front-row lockout for the main race on Sunday, due to Carlos Sainz’s grid penalty, Shovlin says it came as a surprise.

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“It’s all that we could have possibly hoped for. To be quicker than Max was unexpected.

“It’s been a while since we had a front row start. We know that George knows how to race.

“Today, we gave him a car to be able to fight at the front and we know that Max is a difficult guy to fight against. Very impressive drive from him.

“It looked like we had a bit of an edge on Ferrari today. It’s going to be warmer tomorrow, which could change the picture a bit.

“The upgrade we brought a couple of races ago does look to have brought us into contention,” the Briton concluded.

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