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FP2 at Interlagos: Alonso goes fastest, Max fined and Lewis disqualified

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Saturday’s FP2 was all about waiting for the FIA announcement regarding the rear-wing of Mercedes and Max Verstappen.

Little insight into FP2

Fernando Alonso was P1. He got all the sectors in purple, setting 1min 11.238s on the Interlagos circuit. The other Alpine of Esteban Ocon also gave a good performance, with a P4. The Alpine duo doing a better run than their competitor – AlphaTauri.

Pierre Gasly complained about his car being undriveable. His teammate, Yuki Tsunoda also struggled with his pace.

The track was a bit different than yesterday due to the warmer temperature. The anti-clockwise circuit also experienced gusty winds.

This made the cars react in a way where the rear was over-rotating and the front felt more dictating. Carlos Sainz came on the radio to address the same, “It feels like you added aero balance.” 

FIA verdict

Coming to the Mercedes and Red Bull discussions. Half of the F1 world woke up today with the news of title contenders being summoned to the stewards. This turning point came after Max Verstappen was seen touching the rear wings of Car 44, which belongs to none other than Sir Lewis Hamilton.

Is it a problem to touch a car in F1, you ask? Not at all. But if it happens to be in Parc Ferme then according to regulations, it definitely is. And to support that answer we have a €50k fine for the leading champ, Max Verstappen.

So why is Mercedes called to the stewards, you again ask? They unfortunately ran a different wing on Lewis Hamilton’s car during qualifying which is not in lines with the rules. And to back this up we have the FIA verdict – Hamilton is disqualified!

To clarify Jo Bauer, the FIA’s technical delegate reported that,

“The uppermost rear wing element adjustable positions were checked on car number 44 for compliance with Article 3.6.3 of the 2021 Formula One Technical Regulations. The requirement for the minimum distance was fulfilled,”

But the requirement for the maximum of 85mm, when the DRS system is deployed and tested in accordance with TD/011-19, were not fulfilled,” he added.

Coming back to FP2, Lewis Hamilton drove with a different rear-wing. The wing was same as the one impounded by the FIA. This is mentioned in the Article 34.2 of the Sporting Regulations – the part has to be a part of the same design.

Let’s see what happens in Sprint qualifying.

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