Lewis Hamilton was seen walking very close to Red Bull Sergio Perez at Parc Ferme last weekend.
Mercedes have moved to quickly deny rumours of Lewis Hamilton touching the rear wing of Sergio Perez’s Red Bull after a video began circulating online. Max Verstappen made headlines last year after he was fined €50,000 for touching the rear wing of Hamilton’s car at the Brazil Grand Prix.
F1 fans have since reacting to Lewis Hamilton’s online video at the Spanish Grand Prix where he looks very close to the rear wing of Perez. It was not clear immediately when the video was taken and whether the condition of Parc Ferme was still there.
But Lewis Hamilton was spotted walking around the back of the RB18 with personal assistent Angela Cullen also in tow. A still image of the video appears to show Lewis Hamilton being really close to touching Perez’s rear wing, although the picture is far from conclusive.
And Mercedes have now since denied any suggestion that Hamilton did touch the Red Bull.
”Some people seem to think he is touching the wing, but his hand isn’t on it,” Mercedes said in a statement to GPblog. “At each end of the flap, you can see the white dot for legality – and the bracket which allows the flap to pivot when the DRS opens.
“Some people seem to think one of those brackets is his thumb – but it’s clearly not, as it’s the same on both sides.”
The FIA have since brought in an addition to the F1 sporting regulations with Article 60.5 stating: “Drivers must not interfere with parc ferme protocols in any way.” When Verstappen was punished for touching Hamilton’s rear wing last year, the stewards reviewed footage obtained from other vehicles while in parc ferme.
The wings of Lewis Hamilton also failed to scrutineering, but the servants did not feel the touch of Max Verstappen in the car contributed to that. They recorded: “It was clear to the servants that it had become a habit of the driver to touch the car after qualifications and races.
“This was also the explanation of Verstappen, that it was simply habit to touch this area of the car which has been a point of speculation in recent races between both teams.
“This general tendency has been seen as mostly harmless and so has not been uniformly policed. Nevertheless, it is a breach of the parc ferme regulation and has significant potential to cause harm.
“Considering the fact that no direct harm was caused in this case, in the opinion of the stewards, and that no earlier precedent of penalties for this exists – on the one hand; but that it is a breach of the regulation and has potential for serious consequences on the other, the stewards determine to take action in this case and order a fine of €50,000. The stewards further note that it is intended that all teams and drivers take notice that future breaches may incur different penalties from the Stewards of those events.”