Mercedes & Ferrari: Were Their Victories a Stroke of Luck?

Following the disqualification of Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix, there is debate about the fairness of only investigating four of the 20 cars, leading to calls for changes to be made to the regulations and more thorough checks in the future.


‣The cars of Leclerc and Hamilton were disqualified after the US Grand Prix.
‣The FIA only investigated four of the 20 cars, leading to the disqualifications.
‣The FIA clarified that it does not have the resources to check all the cars.
‣Drivers believe there should be changes to the regulations regarding car checks.

Following the disqualification of Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton after the US Grand Prix, many have raised questions about the fairness of the process. During the press conference in Mexico, the drivers were asked for their opinions on whether all cars should have been checked.

The FIA investigated only four out of the 20 cars after the race, with Leclerc and Hamilton being among the two cars that were declared invalid. This has led to concerns about the thoroughness of the checks and if it truly represents a fair assessment of all the cars on the grid.

In response to criticism, the FIA clarified that this was simply a spot check due to limited resources. They stated that it would be impractical to check every single car. However, drivers feel that changes are needed to ensure fair competition.

Nico Hulkenberg jokingly remarked, “I might have been illegal myself,” highlighting the sensitivity of the cars to ride height. He emphasized the need to find the right balance between ride height and downforce.

Pierre Gasly pointed out the sprint format as a potential cause for the problems seen in Austin. He suggested that more time and information should be provided to teams to adjust and ensure compliance. He also proposed that podium finishers should be checked every time, with random checks for other cars.

Alexander Albon shared similar sentiments, suggesting that not all cars need to be checked at every race. He argued that if one driver in a team is found to be illegal, there’s a high chance that their teammate’s car will also be non-compliant.

It remains to be seen if the FIA will make any changes based on their own investigation. While the FIA cited limited resources as a challenge, Albon’s point about checking a few more cars seems reasonable. It’s possible that other cars on the grid may have also been found to be non-compliant if they were subjected to inspection. Ultimately, the issue brings into question the need for stricter regulations and more thorough checks to ensure fairness in the sport.

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Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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