Hamilton’s W13 passes FIA’s ‘extensive physical inspection’

Michelle Foster
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in action. Jeddah March 2022.

Lewis Hamilton takes part in practice running in Saudi Arabia. Jeddah March 2022.

Lewis Hamilton’s W13 was the car selected by the FIA for “more extensive physical inspections” at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.

All the parts were found to be in compliance.

Although every car goes through a post-race check, this year the FIA is conducting a more through test on one car at every grand prix.

It is a random selection, the only criteria being that the car has to have finished inside the top ten.

Hamilton did just that with his W13 in Saudi Arabia, the Mercedes driver racing from 15th on the grid to 10th at the chequered flag.

His car was called up for the more extensive inspection, with the FIA revealing that it was found to be compliant with this year’s new technical regulations.

The FIA document read: “After the race, car number 44 [Hamilton] was randomly chosen among the top 10 cars for more extensive physical inspections.

“Subject to these physical inspections were all front inboard suspension components.

“All inspected components were found to be in compliance with the 2022 Formula 1 Technical Regulations.”

Mercedes go into this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix conceding that they won’t suddenly be fighting for the race win.

The W13 suffered with extreme porpoising with the Brackley squad yet to find a solution that works for them.

Mercedes’ head of trackside engineering Andy Shovlin recently admitted that the problem is so big that Mercedes don’t actually know if this year’s car is a fast one or not as they cannot run it as they’d like to, the team forced to raise the ride-height to minimise the porpoising.

He told Motorsport.com: “That’s probably priority number one because that’s ultimately preventing us from running the car where we’d like to run it for optimum performance.

 

“What we don’t know is, if we could just magically make that issue vanish, where would we actually be in terms of car pace: is the car fast enough or not? And it’s very difficult to answer that question.”

Despite their troubles Mercedes are second in the Constructors’ standings although they do trail Ferrari by 40 points after just two races.

 

Hamilton's W13 passes FIA's 'extensive physical inspection'

Lewis Hamilton's W13 car was subject to the FIA's new "more extensive physical inspections" after the Saudi GP and it passed with no issues.