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Mercedes escapes penalty for tyre pressure infringements

The Italian Grand Prix stewards have decided to take no further action against the Mercedes team or drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg following the investigation into their lower than minimum tyre pressures.

The Mercedes drivers had been found to have pressures lower than allowed but the investigation has found them to be innocent of any wrongdoing.

Here is the full text of the statement issued by the stewards:

pirelli-tyres“Having heard from the Technical Delegate, the Team Representatives and the Pirelli Team Tyre Engineer, the Stewards have determined that the pressure in the tyres concerned were at the minimum start pressure recommended by Pirelli when they were fitted to the car. In making this determination regarding the pressures. the Stewards noted that the tyre warming blankets had been disconnected from their power source, as is normal procedure, and the tyres were significantly below the maximum permitted tyre blanket temperature at the time of the FIA’s measurement on the grid, and at significantly different temperatures from other cars measured on the grid. Further, the Stewards are satisfied that the team followed the current specified procedure, supervised by the Tyre Manufacturer, for the safe operation of the tyres.

Therefore the Stewards decide to take no further action.

Nevertheless, the Stewards recommend that the Tyre Manufacturer and the FIA hold further meetings to provide clear guidance to the teams on measurement procedures.”


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One Response to “Mercedes escapes penalty for tyre pressure infringements”


  1. […] In hindsight the instruction given to Hamilton to increase the gap to Vettel makes sense. At the time however not even the driver was sure what to make of the message coming from the pitwall. It is clear now that Mercedes were trying to avoid losing the Italian GP victory should a time penalty be imposed. As it turns out the stewards, after meeting with Mercedes personnel chose to take no further action. […]

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