Just last weekend, Lewis Hamilton looked set for another podium finish, this time at the United States Grand Prix in Austin. The seven-time world champion had proved his mettle on the track, finishing second just behind Max Verstappen.
The result promised to add a 197th podium finish to his already illustrious career. But what should have been a moment of triumph soon turned into a cloud of controversy. In the hours following the race, both Hamilton’s Mercedes and Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari were disqualified for non-compliance.
A system under scrutiny
In a candid interview with Sky Sports, a still bitter Hamilton expressed his displeasure with the decision, citing what he sees as inconsistencies in the regulatory system.
“This is the first time we have had a sprint race here. They only tested a few cars and 50% of them were disqualified. There are a lot of other cars that were illegal,” said Hamilton.
His comments highlight a wider issue of perceived unfairness in the way F1 rules are enforced.
“I’ve been driving here for 16 years. There have been many scenarios where some get away with things and others are just unlucky to have their car checked,” Hamilton noted, advocating a more comprehensive and transparent structure to ensure fairness across the board.
Focus on Mexico
The British driver has since turned his attention to the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix, but the sting of last weekend’s events is clearly not forgotten. According to Hamilton, the car he will be driving in Mexico is very different to the one that was disqualified in Austin.
“The car was completely different to the one in Austin a week ago and we need to understand why,” Hamilton revealed in comments reported by F1Only after the first two free practice sessions in Mexico.
Hamilton’s disqualification in Austin adds another layer of intrigue to an already turbulent season in Formula One, certainly behind Max Verstappen. As the drivers prepare for the Mexican Grand Prix, questions of fairness and compliance continue to hang in the air.
For Hamilton, who has long been a dominant force in the sport, the incident is a stark reminder that even the most seasoned veterans are not immune to the complexities and inconsistencies of Formula One regulations.
As the engines rev up in Mexico, all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time world champion finds himself in the unusual position of not only trying to fight for victory on the track but also facing questions about the fairness of the sport he has dominated for so long.
Whatever the outcome, this chapter in Hamilton’s career is sure to fuel the ongoing debate about the governance and integrity of Formula One.
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