Extensive checks were conducted on Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 car following the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last month.
While every car is checked after the completion of each race, FIA’s new amendment means that one car will randomly be checked after every race extensively.
Following Hamilton’s disappointing P10 finish, his Mercedes was thoroughly examined.
Only cars that finish the race among the top-10 are eligible for this check, something which was confirmed by the FIA document.
“After the race, car number 44 [Hamilton] was randomly chosen among the top 10 cars for more extensive physical inspections. Subject to these physical inspections were all front inboard suspension components,” it stated.
If there was something abnormal or suspicious about Hamilton’s car, he could have potentially been docked points from the race.
Did Hamilton’s car pass the test?
After his W13 passed the test, Hamilton can be happy about the fact that no harm would come to his efforts where he registered a solitary point in Jeddah.
“All inspected components were found to be in compliance with the 2022 Formula 1 Technical Regulations,” the document read.
It is a season of great relevance for Hamilton after narrowly missing out on a record eighth world championship last year under dubious circumstances.
However, much to his disappointment, Mercedes has been completely off the pace all the way from pre-season testing to the opening two rounds.
The FIA will be happy to know that the new regulation changes have brought the desired result of other teams closing the gap on Mercedes and Red Bull.
It is equally painful for Mercedes, though, and the team has a lot of work to do in the garage if it wishes to be competitive this year.
Hamilton and his new teammate George Russell will hope for a positive showing at the Australian Grand Prix.