Hamilton disqualified from Sao Paulo F1 qualifying

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Formula One stewards sent title contender Lewis Hamilton from first to last in the lineup for Saturday’s Sao Paulo sprint race after his Mercedes car’s rear wing failed a technical inspection.

The 100km sprint determines the starting grid for Sunday’s grand prix in Brazil, with seven times world champion Hamilton already facing a five place drop in that race after an engine change.

Hamilton is 19 points adrift of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the standings with four races remaining and his hopes of a record eighth title are slipping away.

The stewards also fined Red Bull’s championship leader Max Verstappen 50,000 euros ($57,250) on Saturday after he touched and examined the rear wing of title rival Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes following Sao Paulo Grand Prix qualifying. 

The Dutch 24-year-old, who leads seven times world champion Hamilton by 19 points with four races left, qualified second for Saturday’s 100km sprint race that determines the starting grid for Sunday’s grand Prix at Brazil’s Interlagos.

After the session on Friday Verstappen inspected the rear wing elements on his car and Hamilton’s Mercedes, touching them with his hands.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Toby Davis)

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Photo British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas in action during the qualifying session of the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod, near Budapest, Hungary, 31 July 2021. The Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary will take place on 01 August 2021. EPA-EFE/Zoltan Balogh HUNGARY OUT

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