If the suspicion is confirmed, the British face disqualification from qualifying! Instead of starting from pole, Hamilton would have to tackle the sprint on Saturday from last place on the grid or even from the pits. In the Grand Prix on Sunday, there is still the five starting positions to change his internal combustion engine on top of that.
Crazy: World Cup opponent Verstappen can’t be happy about Mercedes’ mishap at first, because the Dutchman himself is the focus of investigations due to the rear wing case! After qualifying, spectator videos appear showing that Verstappen inspects and touches the rear wing of the Mercedes after getting out of the car in the parc fermé. This is prohibited by the regulations and a breach of Article 2.5.1 of the International Sporting Code.
It is more than unlikely that Verstappen’s touches have something to do with the failed test of the Mercedes wing – the Red Bull star is now pilloried by his behavior and Formula 1 is facing a tangible scandal. Verstappen is threatened with a penalty for the curious action, which can be canceled depending on the stewards’ discretion: He too has been called to the hearing for Saturday, 9.30 a.m. local time.
One thing is already certain: Sprint Day in Brazil does not only deliver high tension on the track!