Mercedes fined after Lewis Hamilton Qualifying incident in Austria

Hamilton qualified fifth for the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix

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Mercedes have been fined €5,000 for an unsafe pit release on Lewis Hamilton following a meeting with stewards after Qualifying for the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix. The incident occurred when Hamilton‘s car was released from the garage dragging a jack and an exhaust extractor behind it.

The fine was issued following a hearing with the stewards, where they reviewed video evidence and heard from both Hamilton and a Mercedes team representative. The stewards acknowledged that the team promptly instructed Hamilton to stop to prevent further damage or a potentially dangerous situation.

Despite the immediate response, the infringement resulted in the financial penalty for the team. Hamilton eventually qualified fifth for Sunday’s race at the Red Bull Ring.

“The adjustments we made to the car should help us in tomorrow’s race,” Hamilton said. “I am therefore hopeful that we will have better race pace than we showed in today’s Sprint.

“It will be important to get past the [Ferrari driver Carlos] Sainz if we are to be in the fight for the podium. Let’s see what we can do.”

FIA statement on Hamilton incident

“The Stewards heard from the team representative and reviewed video evidence,” the FIA said in a statement.

“Car 44 was released from the garage in an unsafe manner dragging a jack and an exhaust extractor behind it. The Stewards acknowledge that the team immediately informed the driver to stop to prevent any further damage and/or dangerous situation.”

John Smith
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