Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate Nico Rosberg have been summoned to see the race officials – and could even face disqualification from the race
Lewis Hamilton took the flag in the Italian Grand Prix – but now faces an anxious wait to see whether he will be stripped of the win for having tyre pressures lower than those allowed under the rules.
The double time world champion made his seventh victory in this season lift him 53 points ahead of teammateNico Rosberg, who was forced to stop race just ahead of race finish.
The Brit had a worry in the final laps when his team told him that he had to accelerate, while at the time not disclosing the situation, but it has been revealed that they were under the minimum tyre pressure at some point on Sunday.
Jo Bauer, the FIA’s technical delegate, said: ‘The measured minimum tyre starting pressure of the left-hand rear tyre of car 44 (Hamilton’s) was 0.3 PSI below the specified minimum tyre starting pressure and the measured minimum tyre starting pressure of car number 06 (Rosberg’s) was 1.1PSI below the specified minimum tyre starting pressure.
‘I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.’
Immediately after the race Hamilton said: ‘I am not aware of it. I have no comment to make.’
Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe said the team was confused by the summons.
“We don’t understand it to be honest, we’ve been summoned to the stewards, so we’ll go there and explain it. Lowe told Sky Sports.
“All I know is we set our pressures fully supervised by the Pirelli engineer. He was perfectly happy with them as they were set.”
Lowe confirmed that the instruction to Hamilton to push was related to the potential for a penalty.
“With an abundance of caution, we thought let’s make a gap, Hamilton said he “wasn’t aware” of the stewards’ investigation and declined to comment. he added.