FIA Should’ve Checked More Cars After 50% Failure Rate Debate

Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were disqualified from the United States Grand Prix due to excessive plank wear, with the FIA’s random checks revealing a 50% failure rate, prompting questions about the need for a more extensive search of other cars.


‣ Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were disqualified from the United States Grand Prix for excessive plank wear.
‣ The FIA only checked a random selection of cars for plank wear, despite a 50% failure rate.
‣ Mercedes and Ferrari argue that they didn’t have enough time to make the correct ride height decision due to limited practice sessions.
‣ Other teams may have potentially gotten away with similar violations, but it’s impossible to know for sure.

The disqualification of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc from the United States Grand Prix has sparked a debate about the extent of the FIA’s checks on plank wear. Despite a 50% failure rate among the randomly selected cars, the rest of the field was not examined. This raises the question: should the FIA have expanded their search?

The focus of discussion after the race was not on Max Verstappen‘s victory, but on the disqualification of Hamilton and Leclerc. It is normal for the FIA to randomly select cars for further checks, and in this case, 50% of the checked cars failed due to excessive plank wear. This suggests that there may be more widespread issues across the grid.

One argument put forth by Mercedes is that teams had limited practice time due to the sprint format and the bumpy nature of the Circuit of the Americas. In such conditions, teams are likely to push the limits and go as low as they can with ride height. Mercedes and Ferrari, along with other teams, may not have had enough time to make the correct adjustments.

While this may not excuse their disqualification, it does raise the question of whether other cars should have been checked, especially those that scored points. In the past, teams have been caught out during sprint weekends and had to start from the pitlane due to adjustments made during Parc Fermé conditions. It is possible that other teams got away with similar violations in this race.

To gather opinions on this debate, we have included a poll for readers to vote on. By participating, you can contribute to the discussion on whether the FIA should have extended their search for plank wear violations.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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