Hamilton’s car under investigation for DRS violation during Brazil GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes car has gone to the stewards for investigation into a possible DRS violation.

Hamilton is already facing a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's Grand Prix for a fifth internal combustion engine change of the season, but appeared to have tempered that blow when he was quickest in Friday's qualifying session.

However, he could now start Saturday's Sprint race from the back of grid if officials deem that an infringement has taken place.

The FIA has released a document stating that the upper adjustable positions of the rear wing have been checked on the number 44 car (Hamilton's). In doing so, it must comply with Article 3.6.3 of the Technical Regulations of F1. The minimum distance was met, but not the maximum requirement of 85mm.

It is potentially another hammer blow to the seven-time world champion on a weekend where he is already perceived to be up against it as he looks to claw back the 19-point deficit between him and World Championship leader Max Verstappen.

The Sprint race is only worth three points to the winner, two to the runner-up, and one for the third placed finisher, but Hamilton's pace on Friday has raised hopes for the Silver Arrows' that he could at least strike a psychological blow ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix.

He won't be able to start higher than sixth on the grid after accepting his mandatory engine penalty, but now any further punishments could hand Verstappen a golden opportunity to move to the brink of the title.

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