US GP, Hamilton and Leclerc disqualified. The finishing order changes: Sainz on the podium


By John

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari Charles Leclerc were disqualified at the end of the United States GP after their cars failed post-race inspections, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) said.. Former world champion Hamilton had finished second behind Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in Austin, while Leclerc had finished sixth. Both drivers saw their placings canceled after a technical team found excessive wear on the bottom of their cars. In a statement, the FIA ​​said both teams acknowledged the findings of the inspection report on the irregularities found, which the teams said were likely attributable to the bumpy track and the narrow time frame between Saturday and Sunday’s races. It is “the competitors’ responsibility to ensure that the car respects the rules throughout the competition”, the FIA ​​reminded. Following his disqualification, Lando Norris (McLaren) climbs to second place at the Austin Grand Prix, with Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) reaching the podium. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) moves up to fourth place, thus increasing his lead over Hamilton in second place in the drivers’ standings. Logan Sargeant (Williams) took tenth place and took home his first point in Formula 1 on his home circuit.

This is the new finishing order of the United States Grand Prix race, eighteenth stage of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship, after the disqualifications of Hamilton and Leclerc:

1. Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull in 1h35’21″362
at an average speed of 194.054 km/h
2. Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren at 10″730
3. Carlos Sainz (Esp) Ferrari at 15″134
4. Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull at 18″460
5. George Russell (GBR) Mercedes at 24″999
6. Pierre Gasly (Fra) Alpine at 47″996
7. Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin at 48″696
8. Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) Alphatauri at 1’14″385
9. Alexander Albon (Tha) Williams at 1’26″714
10. Logan Sargeant (USA) Williams at 1’27″998
11. Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Haas at 1’29″904
12. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Alfa Romeo at 1’38″601
13. Zhou Guanyu (Chn) Alfa Romeo 1 lap
14. Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 1 lap away
15. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Alphatauri 1 lap

Fastest lap: 56th Y.Tsunoda (Jpn) on Alphatauri in 1’38″139, at an average of 202.231 km/h Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Disqualified Mercedes Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine Oscar did not arrive Piastri (Aus) McLaren Fernando Alonso (Esp) Aston Martin.