MORNING, PETROL HAIR
It was a bittersweet day for Lewis Hamilton yesterday in Sao Paulo.
The Briton dominated on the track, posting the fastest times in FP1 and in qualifying for today’s sprint, ahead of Red Bull rival Max Verstappen.
But things swam away from the road.
Earlier in the day, Hamilton was slapped in the face with a five-seat grid penalty for Sunday’s race, after his car required an engine change.
And things could get even worse, with the 36-year-old investigating for an alleged breach of regulations.
Hamilton defeated championship rival Max Verstappen in São Paulo to win a pole position for Saturday’s race – and a chance to regain two points.
But his joy was short-lived after news that his Mercedes is awaiting an FIA investigation after it opened more than it should when DRS was activated, giving him extra speed.
If Hamilton’s Silver Arrow violated the technical regulations he could be disqualified.
That would see him start at the back of the grid for sprint qualifying, which will determine the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
Hamilton is already following Verstappen by 19 points and the Dutchman could open a bigger gap on the defending champion if Hamilton starts the Brazilian Grand Prix from the back of the field.
The FIA called a Mercedes representative to the stewards to discuss the incident.