Top F1 pundit: `FIA should have made Hamilton and Leclerc EXCEPTION’

Top F1 pundit:
‘FIA should have made Hamilton and Leclerc EXCEPTION’
Karun Chandhok is adamant the FIA should have scrutineered more cars following the double disqualification of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc after the United States Grand Prix..
The results in Austin were changed post-race after both drivers’ cars were disqualified for excessive wear to their skid blocks..
Many in the paddock believe the sprint format to be the cause of the low ride heights that led to the issues and it was clear that Hamilton in particular benefitted from his worn skid block during his pursuit of Max Verstappen for the race win..
But the decision by the FIA not to check more of the field’s machinery afterwards left a sour taste in the mouths of some fans..
“If you find two cars that are illegal, you should automatically check their team-mates because there’s a good chance that they have very similar setups, so I think that’s something that’s worth thinking about for the future,” Chandhok said on Sky Sports F1 during the Mexican Grand Prix weekend..
Late announcement of results aggravates FIA’s decision
Late announcement of Hamilton and Leclerc’s disqualifications does not help the FIA’s decision not to further test the legality of another car..
Chandhok points out that this particular scenario in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas resulted in car modifications that haven’t happened in nearly three decades and require special attention and a new approach.. approach to ensure fairness for all competitors..
“Every time you check the board, it takes half an hour,” he continued.. “So if you have to test all 20 cars it will take five hours, so the results have to be checked by the manager and finally the results will be announced..
“Therefore, the question is whether we want a situation where results are announced seven hours after a major tournament..
“We don’t want that on every occasion, but what happened in Austin hasn’t happened in 29 years so actually on that occasion, I think it warranted it, and I wouldn’t have minded waiting till Monday for the official results if I knew that all 20 cars were checked..”

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