‘It would be bad’: Lewis Hamilton makes FIA demand as Max Verstappen faces DSQ

The FIA will make a decision on on last year's financial regulation on Monday.

Sir Lewis Hamilton wants the FIA to be diligent in their overview as they try to ascertain whether anyone broke the financial regulations last season.

Ratified in 2019, the first budget cap was imposed last year, and the teams had a limit of $145 million, which they could not exceed.

They also needed to document their expenditure and submit their files to the FIA, who are currently finishing the process of adding everything up.

Their task is to sniff out any fraudulent figures in the files, as well as any omissions, and if they find that any of that has taken place, there could be penalties.

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Red Bull and Aston Martin have both refuted claims made in a report last week that they overspent last season.

The Austrian side were accused of spending over five percent more than the permitted amount in 2021, the punishment for which, in severe cases, is exclusion from the championship standings.

In extreme circumstances, Hamilton could yet be crowned 2021 in place of Max Verstappen, although this is unlikely.

It has recently emerged that Red Bull went over by less than five percent, which constitutes a minor breach, and therefore would be subject to a smaller punishment, such as a fine.

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The FIA were set to reveal who had complied with the regulations on Wednesday, but they have pushed that decision back until Monday.

Both of the aforementioned teams were surprised at the allegations, given that the governing body has not even finished totting up the figures yet, but if there is any wrongdoing, Hamilton wants FIA president, Mohammed ben Sulayem, to come down hard on it.

“It’s imperative,” he said.

“For transparency, we need to continue to have transparency of the sport, the integrity of the sport. I don’t think I know enough about it but I know there are lots of conversations going on in the background.

“No one truly knows, there are different numbers and different things being said. Like you, I was expecting those results to come out yesterday.

“I would like to think if it’s been delayed then it’s being taken very seriously, and I really trust that Mohammed will do what is right for the sport. 

“It would be bad for the sport if action wasn’t taken if there was a breach, but I don’t know if there is. I’m waiting, like you.”

The seven-time champion been given new parts as a result of overspending last year, he feels he might have won the title.

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“It’s so integral to the development race. If we’d had another half a million to spend we would have been in a different position at some of the following races if we’d brought another floor, which we could have easily done,” added Hamilton.

“But that’s not the name of the game and I’m grateful our team is very strict with the way we work, and they did an amazing job.”

Hamilton went second fastest in a wet second practice in Suzuka on Friday as team-mate, George Russell, set the pace.