The FIA has revealed in a document that seven-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton’s car was singled out for a detailed inspection after the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
After the grands prix, any car from the top 10 finishing positions can be randomly selected and subjected to checks that fall outside the scope of the standard scrutineering process.
At the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, that car was Hamilton’s number 44 Mercedes.
“After the race, car number 44 [Hamilton] was randomly chosen among the top 10 cars for more extensive physical inspections,” the FIA’s document read.
“Subject to these physical inspections were all front inboard suspension components.”
New regulations have been introduced in F1 this season, and the FIA is ensuring that all teams adhere to the new rules.
Ultimately, the FIA’s report reveals that everything was in order with the car.
“All inspected components were found to be in compliance with the 2022 Formula 1 Technical Regulations,” the document concluded.
Mercedes fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as Hamilton’s car was found in compliance with the regulations in place.
Although Hamilton has managed to collect points in both races so far, Mercedes is nowhere close to the place they want to be.
In the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton was aided by both Red Bull cars retiring due to reliability issues, which propelled the seven-time champion to a P3 finish
However, the Briton failed to make it out of Q1 in Jeddah, something which had not happened in the last four seasons, and finished the race in P10 – collecting just one point.
Hamilton will be focusing all of his attention on delivering a much better performance in Australia this weekend, as the pressure to deliver continues to grow on the Silver Arrows.
On the other hand, Red Bull and Ferrari seem to have cracked the code regarding the new regulations and are significantly ahead of the rest of the pack.