Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, is disqualified for the non-compliant DRS system on his rear wing and has to start the sprint from the very back.
On Friday, the technicians of the World Automobile Association had already determined that the distance between the two DRS elements exceeded the prescribed value of 85 millimeters.
FIA chief technology officer Jo Bauer and his team test the required distances with a template that must not fit into the slot. is guided between the rear wing elements. “If the windshield passes, (the car) has failed the test,” says the verdict. “In this case, the pane did not go through in the inner area of the wing, but it did in the outer area.” The test was repeated four times with different templates.
The reason is “too much play in the DRS mechanism or incorrect assembly,” according to the FIA. The stewards rule out an intentional violation of the rules. Accordingly, it is a “one-off” case in which “something has probably gone wrong”. Mitigating circumstances, however, could not be invoked because the vehicle did not comply with the rules.