Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff

Penalties at the Brazilian Grand Prix: You too, sir, will get the fine!

While we were all expecting a real duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing and Mercedes – wheel-to-wheel racing from the first practice session, both got a penalty without sadness or remorse at the Brazilian Grand Prix 2021. Instead, the fans took a nap as they waited for the race stewards to rule on Hamilton’s participation at Interlagos. Funny and sad at once. Brazilian passions or the unforgettable Formula 1 adventure in Sao Paulo.

The Brazilian Grand Prix proved to be a brilliant race that we will remember for a long time. The Sao Paulo GP deserves to be in your golden collection of Formula 1 to watch again with the cheerful exclamation – “Never give up!“. Although, before the start in Interlagos all nerves were clear in the Paddock. The race stewards decided not to praise Mercedes and Red Bull, but to impose the penalties.

Ghostly Albion: F1 teams’ logistical nightmare ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The transport of cargo and Formula 1 cars from Mexico to Brazil is becoming a logistical chaos, the deadlines are too tight. However, this time the fog exacerbated the tensions.

The fog caused the delay in the departure of cargo planes from Mexico City. There was a further delay during the mandatory refueling in Miami. The aircraft crews worked out the maximum possible time and the take-off was prohibited. Each team sent the plane from Mexico to Brazil with 26 to 28 tons of cargo with F1 cars. Formula 1 pays 11.56 tons of movement and the teams pay the rest of the weight – for 30 dollars per kilogram.

The charge only came on Thursday afternoon! Employees from almost all teams worked through the night to prepare the Formula 1 cars for Friday practice. Besides sleepless nights and overtime, each team paid half a million dollars to move from Mexico to Brazil.

What is wrong with Lewis Hamilton’s car at the Brazilian Grand Prix?

The gap between the upper and lower parts of Lewis Hamilton’s car was wider than it should have been when DRS was on.

About did not pass the test.

The first test involves checking the gap when the DRS is off. It must be between 10mm and 15mm. The car has passed this part of the test. The active DRS lifts the upper element of the wing to a flatter position. The gap must be between 10mm and 85mm. The maximum distance is measured by pressing an 85mm track with a maximum load of 10N ten newtons against the gap. This test was failed four times.

Lewis Hamilton F1 Sprint Brazil

Lewis Hamilton’s penalty – disqualification Friday

When everything was ready for the Brazilian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton roared through with astonishing result in qualifying on Friday. Hamilton already knew that he had to get as much as he could because of the grid penalty on Sunday. Lewis took first place in the sprint, more than four tenths ahead of Red Bull rival Verstappen. Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas came in third.

Nobody had any doubts – Mercedes cars are really fast, nobody except Red Bull F1 Team. Christian Horner and Helmut Marko’ hawkeyes are already noticing “what a fast!” and turned to the race stewards. Even Max Verstappen was so surprised, renounced verbally and decided to touch Lewis Hamilton’s car with his own hands.

Max Verstappen analyzing Lewis Hamilton’s car

Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of his P1 for the F1 Sprint and Max Verstappen led the field for Saturday’s 100km race in Brazil. Furthermore, even in the best case scenario, Hamilton still received a five-place penalty for engine. It seems that the Red Bull crew can breathe a sigh of relief, but no one can touch the car without permission.

Max Verstappen’s penalty – 50,000 euros.

Nobody can touch and examine Hamilton’s rear wing at Parc Ferme. According to a statement issued after Saturday’s second practice session, “there was no direct damage.” Stewarts added that it was “unlikely that Verstappen’s actions caused the error, but [Mercedes] thought it was an open question.” Max Verstappen was even more surprised in his order.

“It’s quite a big fine, so I hope they have a nice dinner and a lot of wine — I hope good, expensive wine, that would be nice,”
“They can invite me for dinner as well, I will pay for that dinner too.”

Max Verstappen
Brazilian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Brazil GP

Lewis Hamilton’s fine – 5,000 euros + 20,000 provisional.

Despite the amazing drive of Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix, he received another fine. Well, the case about Article 4 of sporting regulations. Official explanation – “loosened his seatbelts on the introductory lap at the end of the race.” He stopped on the track after crossing the line to grab a Brazilian flag from a marshal before resuming his victory lap. It appears he may have loosened his belts to grab the flag.

The race stewards announced their verdict- 5,000 euros for Hamilton and a further 20,000 euros suspended until the end of 2022.

Brazilian Grand Prix – it’s serving the right.

It didn’t seem to be a problem yesterday. Sebastian Vettel checked out Mercedes after the race in Russia, the 2018 Sochi Grand Prix, and it looked very acceptable. No one can imagine that he could damage Hamilton’s car. On the other hand, everyone knows that the more we get into the final races, the more tension is in the air, so everyone is nervous. Maybe Mercedes decided to fight back against Red Bull for Friday. Meanwhile, even Sebastian Vettel joked about the thorny issue of touching with the car.

On the other hand, it is quite normal for Formula 1 drivers are role models and set the example for junior classes. It is crucial that junior drivers learn how important it is to use all the safety features of the car at all times. That is the point!

Brazilian Grand Prix fines
Official statement

The race stewards of the Brazilian Grand Prix also made mistakes.

The race stewards who dealt with Lewis Hamilton’s car made a bureaucratic error, as Sky Sports pundit Ted Kravitz noted. The issue is that the official Formula 1 race at Interlagos has been renamed the “Sao Paulo Grand Prix,” even though we traditionally call it the “Brazilian Grand Prix.” Thus the historical name appeared in the title of the official document dedicated to Hamilton’s disqualification. Theoretically, the use of the wrong race name could give Mercedes “lawyers the right to argue with the disqualification.

In any case, the Brazilian Grand Prix was not just a test of strength for Mercedes, it was a great test of nerves for Toto Wolf and Lewis Hamilton. The race in Interlagos is the art of racing. In the case that this victory was achieved through penalties, fines and sleepless nights, both Red Bull and Mercedes showed a real class of skill!