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Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc disqualified from United States Grand Prix after failed plank inspections

Board under Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes proved too thin at US Grand Prix; Hamilton had finished second behind Max Verstappen; Charles Leclerc was also disqualified from sixth place for the same infraction

Last updated: 10/23/23 1:23 a.m.

Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of finishing second in the drivers’ championship have suffered a major blow.

Lewis Hamilton lost his second place at the United States Grand Prix after being disqualified when his Mercedes failed a physical inspection for floor and floorboard wear after Sunday’s race.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was found guilty of the same offense and also disqualified from his sixth place finish.

Hamilton’s disqualification saw McLaren’s Lando Norris promoted to second behind race winner Max Verstappen and the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz on the podium.

Meanwhile, Williams Logan Sargeant scores the first point of his rookie F1 campaign after being promoted to 10th.

Highlights from the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

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Highlights from the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Highlights from the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Hamilton had been left frustrated after agonizingly missing out on a first victory in almost two years at the hands of world champion Max Verstappen, but could ultimately be relieved not to have had a victory taken away from him.

The disqualification is a blow to Hamilton’s hopes of chasing Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez for second place in the drivers’ standings.

The Mexican was promoted from fifth to fourth and, instead of leading Hamilton by just 19 points heading into the final four rounds of the season, he has a 39-point advantage.

Updated US GP result
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lando Norris, McLaren
3) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
4) Sergio Pérez, Red Bull
5) George Russell, Mercedes
6) Pierre Gasly, Alpine
7) Lance Promenade, Aston Martin
8) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri
9) Alex Albon, Williams
10) Logan Sargent, Williams

More soon…

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