Connect with us

2015 F1

Hamilton third F1 title unofficial until engine check



Hamilton third F1 title unofficial until engine check

Hamilton third F1 title unofficial until engine check

Lewis Hamilton’s third world championship remains provisional for now, the German publication Auto Motor und Sport claimed on Thursday.

Correspondent Michael Schmidt reports that the governing FIA is having to wait until after this weekend’s Abu Dhabi finale to check that Mercedes has fully complied with the regulations with its dominant ‘power unit’ this year.

The detailed check to the engine with which Hamilton raced to the world championship in Austin will take place in the first half of next week, Schmidt said, which is the first opportunity after the race calendar has concluded.

The FIA has been unable to do the checks beforehand because it involves fully disassembling the ‘power unit’ — one of four in Hamilton’s official allocation for the whole of the season and still used in practice sessions.

Auto Motor und Sport said the FIA will also fully inspect the Ferrari unit with which Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore grand prix.

So until the three-day checks are done, Hamilton’s title victory will for now remain provisional.

“Should the engines not meet the rules, the driver would be disqualified from the entire season,” claimed Schmidt. “The rules in this case are merciless.”

The checks should be complete before Hamilton receives his world championship trophy at the FIA prize-giving gala on December 4, at the end of next week.

Marc Surer, a former driver and now pundit for German television Sky, tipped Mercedes to complete the 2015 season with yet another win in Abu Dhabi.

“I am curious to see how Lewis reacts after losing (to teammate Nico Rosberg) twice in a row. I’m sure he will want to show who is the boss at the last race,” he said.

As for the forthcoming winter period and 2016 season, Surer hopes Mercedes is pushed harder by a rival next year.

“Although they still have the best engine, I would imagine that they are now able to take only small steps, which is what we always see when the rules are stable,” said Surer. (GMM)


Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F11 hour ago

Verstappen beats Hamilton to top spot in German GP practice

1ShareMax Verstappen was fastest in second practice in German Grand Prix, the Dutchman kept Red Bull Racing’s striking form at...

2018 F16 hours ago

Practice 1 Results: German Grand Prix

60Shares2018 German Grand Prix Practice 1 Results (FP1): First free practice results and Timings (FP1) for the eleventh round of...

2018 F18 hours ago

Bottas signed, Mercedes completed its driver line-up for 2019

183SharesValtteri Bottas has signed a new one-year contract extension with Mercedes, his team Mercedes have officially announced. It follows Mercedes...

2018 F18 hours ago

We are not negotiating with Kubica – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner has rejected speculation Haas might sign up Robert Kubica for 2019. Pole Kubica is the reserve driver at...

2018 F19 hours ago

The F1 Silly Season: Who will be driving where for 2019 F1?

4SharesWith the German Grand Prix spotted the midway point in the 2018 Formula 1 Season, it now feels like the...

2018 F11 day ago

F1 should be a dictatorship – Berger

11SharesFormula one needs to return to its days as a dictatorship. That is the view of Gerhard Berger, the F1...

2018 F11 day ago

We have great confidence in Honda – Red Bull

1ShareChristian Horner remains confident Honda is the right move for Red Bull. The Red Bull boss said that at Silverstone...

2018 F11 day ago

F1 steward Mika Salo admits Ferrari penalties controversy

11SharesF1 steward Mika Salo has acknowledged the controversy over penalties given to Ferrari drivers in recent races. After Sebastian got...

2018 F11 day ago

McLaren, Williams, admit need for change

76SharesAn anonymous engineer says struggling once-great F1 teams Williams and McLaren need to make sweeping changes. Both British teams have...

2018 F12 days ago

Hamilton is stronger than Vettel – Briatore

260SharesFlavio Briatore thinks Mercedes is still the favourite for the 2018 world championship. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has taken an 8...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media