Mercedes Coach Toto Wolff has revealed the reason behind By Lewis Hamilton Traction reduction system (DRS) problem in Brazil last weekend F1 Opening. The principal of the Austrian team explained that two screws were broken when the wing was broken during qualifying.
Speaking at the Team Principal’s media conference, Wolff explained Hamilton’s wing issue, saying:
“We are not allowed to examine it, nor can we argue that the part is broken. And so we discovered that two screws were unscrewed when qualified. And that makes the right side irregular.”
Wolff said Hamilton damaged his rear wing in qualifying, so it failed to pass FIA scrutiny. The Briton was disqualified in qualifying causing him to start the sprint from last place.
Explaining the effect of loosening the screws, Wolff continued:
“It’s even detrimental to lap times, but that’s how it is. It’s been reported to the manager, and that’s very different from the way these things were handled before when you could patch things that were broken during parc ferme. ”
Mercedes has disputed their case since then, and expressed disappointment at the disqualification. However, there was no significant impact of the wings on their overall race results. Hamilton manages to reduce the deficit between him and table leader Red Bull’s Max Verstappen only 14 points.
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Mercedes track engineer Andrew Shovlin has put the rumours aside Red Bull F1 hinted that Hamilton’s rear wing could be illegal. The Milton Keynes-based racing team has suspected for the last few races that a hidden element in the Mercedes’ rear wing could give their car a performance boost in qualifying when DRS isn’t allowed.
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However, the FIA is said to be still not suspicious enough to investigate the matter. According to Mercedes, the wing has passed FIA inspection.
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