No further action against Mercedes for Hamilton pitlane incident

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The stewards decided not to take any further action against Mercedes over an infringement committed by team members while working on Lewis Hamilton’s car during Miami Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying.

After the Miami Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying, Mercedes representatives have been summoned by the stewards over an incident involving team members who worked on Lewis Hamilton’s car.

More specifically, when Lewis came into the pits during SQ2, team members working on his car did not to have their helmets on, which constitutes a breach of Article 34.13 of the sporting regulations.

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The stewards ultimately took no further action against Mercedes, as they found that jacking the car up and attaching blowers to cool the brakes without helmets or eye protection “appears to be the established practice”, so “penalising one team, where nearly all the teams may potentially have been in breach of this article in some form would not serve a useful purpose”.

They did, however, “request the FIA to consider whether changes need to be made to either the current practices during qualifying/sprint qualifying or the regulations themselves”.

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