Lewis Hamilton claims other teams dodged disqualification at US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton claims other teams avoided disqualification at US Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton says several drivers should have been disqualified from last weekend’s US Grand Prix for illegal driving..
Hamilton was stripped of second place after the floorboard of his upgraded Mercedes was damaged during post-race technical checks..
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who was sixth, was also removed from the standings for a similar violation..
But Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who took his 15th win of the season, and the McLaren of Lando Norris, elevated to second place after Hamilton’s penalty, were both cleared of any wrongdoing wrong..
However, speaking ahead of this weekend’s race in Mexico, Hamilton said:
“I’ve heard from a number of sources that there are a lot of other cars that are illegal and they haven’t been tested, because So they got it, leave it alone..”
“I’ve been running here for 16 years and there have been many similar situations where some people get away with it, and others are unlucky and tested..”
Hamilton said the sprint format in Austin – which only allowed one hour of practice before parc ferme regulations severely limited car modifications – coupled with the bumpy nature of the Circuit of the Americas was the reason for his disqualification..
The FIA’s limited resources mean the governing body only tests a few cars after the race and bases its selections on stroke data..
But Hamilton continued:
“There needs to be a better structure to make sure things are fair and consistent across the board..
“We’ve never had this problem in Austin before and that’s because we had a sprint race.. A simple solution could be to change floors..
“The car should not be adjusted from Friday morning, especially on the bumpiest roads on the schedule..
“That is the only reason why failures occur.. And that’s not why we’re so fast.. We hope we have a great weekend here.. After the press conference, I was about to go into the ice chest when (principal) Toto (Wolff) ran up and told me,” Hamilton added..
“It was devastating because it was a great day and race.. I was deflated, but there are a lot of positives to take from it..”

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