Lewis Hamilton’s win is under investigation after breaking a rule at the Brazilian GP this Sunday.
Hamilton took a stellar win at Interlagos, completing a last-to-first comeback and taking victory in dominant fashion. He outlasted nineteen drivers and made up a total of 24 places over two days, and created history in the process.
The win was the 101st win of his career, and the fact that it came at Brazil made it extra special. The seven-time champion celebrated in wild style, but took his seatbelts off on the last lap to enjoy.
After crossing the line, the celebrations started for the British Knight in typical Lewis style. However, what he did was a violation of a certain clause in the F1 rulebook.
As a result, Hamilton’s win is under investigation after breaking a rule at the Brazilian GP this Sunday.
“We are going to the stewards because Lewis has undone his belts on the last lap,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff told reporters after the race, as quoted by RaceFans.
The stewards confirmed that a representative from Mercedes met with them over an “alleged breach of Appendix L Chapter III Article 4 of the FIA International Sporting Code (use of safety belts).”
Play by the rules
According to the official rules, the regulation states, “Drivers must be properly restrained in their seat by safety belts in conformity with the technical regulations for the vehicle concerned, at all times during a competition when it is mobile on a circuit, pit lane, special stage or competition course.”
There has been a violation of this rule before. During the 2020 Spanish GP, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc drove with his seatbelts unfastened. However, he escaped without any investigation, something that is not happening with Hamilton.