Lewis Hamilton Masterclass Sees F1 Champion Recover 25 Places To Take Stunning Victory
We can’t be the only people in the world who think this weekend’s whole wing saga was a little like a poorly executed detective procedural.
To recap, the Mercs were insanely fast, and following the qualifying, Verstappen walked over to look at Hamilton’s rear wing. Then to the horror of absolutely no one apart from the FIA, he touched it.
Let’s clear this mess up and some of the conspiracy theories out there. Mercedes wasn’t cheating. Hamilton’s rear wing passed the test on one side, in the middle, but not on the other side. It was damaged, as there is no upside to having the DRS system open wider on one side only.
Verstappen should not have touched the rear wing, as it clearly states in the rulebooks. It is, however, one of those rules that are hardly ever enforced. Sebastian Vettel is famous for inspecting competitor cars, even going as far as pushing them. He even made light of the situation, telling his team he would touch Hamilton’s car following Verstappen’s 50,000 Euro ($57,000) fine. He added that he might touch the front spoiler, as the fine is likely cheaper.