Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton walks back to the pits at the Qatar Grand Prix. Planet F1

Formula 1 fans have been talking a lot about whether the FIA is going after the great Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton and Charles Leclerc got disqualified from the United States Grand Prix, and that made people wonder. In this article, we dig deep into what the FIA said about all of this and how they check the cars after the races to make sure everything’s fair and square. It’s a story with lots of excitement, secrets, and big things on the line in Formula 1.

FIA Clarifies Lewis Hamilton’s Recent Plank Drama

After the surprising disqualifications of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc from the United States Grand Prix, the FIA felt it was necessary to clarify the situation. It was a moment that demanded a clear response. So, the FIA decided to set the record straight. With their ‘Insights’ series, they provided a comprehensive explanation of their post-race scrutineering process. The FIA emphasized that post-race checks have been a longstanding practice in Formula 1. They have been a part of the sport for “many decades.” These checks exist to ensure compliance with the regulations and serve as a deterrent against any breaches. 

Lewis Hamilton

Teams are unaware of which parts of their cars will undergo checks. These checks happen after every race weekend, but the specific areas are a surprise. Also, this uncertainty keeps the teams on their toes, as any part of the car could be scrutinized at any time. In the case of Hamilton and Leclerc, they were subjected to random post-race checks, which revealed excessive plank wear. But the controversy doesn’t end there.

Mercedes Technical Director Admits They Made a Mistake

Mercedes, on the other hand, has accepted the fact that they messed up. They said, “It’s a big hit.” The team felt bad and embarrassed because they didn’t follow the rules this time. The head of Mercedes, James Allison, didn’t use fancy words as he said it felt terrible, and everyone on the team was sad and upset. More so because the disqualification made it harder for Hamilton to win the championship. Lewis was getting close to the runner-up, Sergio Perez, but because of this, he’s now far behind. But here’s the good part. Mercedes made their car better in the last race. That’s something to be happy about. Even though the team had a problem, they knew they did a good job with their car. And they’re excited about the next races and want to do well.

James Allison Mercedes
James Allison Mercedes Technical Director Source: Sky Sports F1

Furthermore, as fans of Formula 1 think about all of this, they can’t wait to see what happens next. The FIA’s checks are attracting significant attention. We still don’t fully understand the impact of these disqualifications on the championship. The FIA’s response to the Lewis Hamilton plank drama explains how they make sure everything’s fair in Formula 1, and it’s not as easy as it looks. The story of the United States Grand Prix disqualifications has fans waiting for more exciting twists and turns in the championship. As the 2023 F1 season comes to a close, the emotions are high, and fans are eager to see what happens next in this thrilling adventure.