Sport Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes car subject of extensive FIA checks

21:50  06 april  2022
21:50  06 april  2022 Source:   express.co.uk

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Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes car was subject to extensive checks by Formula 1's governing body the FIA, documents have revealed. The check came following the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last month, where the Englishman staggered to a frustrating 10th-place finish.

Every car goes through a post-race spot check, however prior to the 2021 season the FIA announced that a random selection check would be introduced. Last time out it was Hamilton's W13 that was called in.

The ruling states that any car that finishes in the top 10 of a race can be called in, and is then subject to much more extensive scrutiny outside of the usual post-race check up. In documents released by the FIA, it was confirmed his front inboard suspension was thoroughly looked at.

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The document read: "After the race, car number 44 [Hamilton] was randomly chosen among the top 10 cars for more extensive physical inspections. Subject to these physical inspections were all front inboard suspension components."

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If the car check finds some form of illegality, the driver in question stands to lose the points they won in that race. Hamilton however was assured that his single point will remain on his tally for the season, after his W13 passed the random check.

The FIA confirmed: "All inspected components were found to be in compliance with the 2022 Formula 1 Technical Regulations." The Mercedes man headed into the new campaign in search of a record eighth title, after being dramatically pipped by Max Verstappen in 2021.

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However things haven't exactly gone to plan for Hamilton and his team, with the seven-time world champion seemingly struggling to adapt to his new Mercedes car. New regulations were brought in ahead of 2022 to ensure races in the new campaign were much closer and more competitive following Hamilton and Verstappen's recent domination.

These changes however seem to have hampered Hamilton's start to the new season, after securing a fortunate third place finish in Bahrain alongside his 10th place in Saudi. Hamilton will no doubt be looking to get himself back to winning this weekend, when he and the rest of the F1 circuit head down under for the Australian Grand Prix.

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LEWIS HAMILTON could only manage to secure a fourth-placed finish at the Australian Grand Prix.Russell was gifted his first podium finish as a Mercedes driver when Max Verstappen was forced to retire with a mechanical problem during the closing stages of the race. Alonso was adamant that Alpine could have been up there on another day, though, after performing better than Mercedes over the course of the weekend as a whole.

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