Mercedes confirms it will not appeal Hamilton’s result from Brazil qualifiers

Hamilton topped qualifying against rival Max Verstappen on Friday, but Mercedes was called up to the stewards at night after it was discovered that the DRS system on his car had broken the rules during the after-session technical examination.

The stewards postponed the investigation until Saturday morning, pending more evidence, before a final decision is announced after the second free practice session.

The Briton’s result was disqualified from qualifying, with the stewards accepting that what had happened wasn’t a deliberate breach of the law by Mercedes, but they couldn’t take it for granted.

Mercedes has the right to appeal the penalty, and had it done so, Hamilton would have retained pole position on the short race grid, according to the team.

But the Silver Arrows confirmed before the 24 lap race that they would not appeal the decision, saying, “We want to win this championship on the track.”

This means that Hamilton will start last in the short race after the team opted not to change the characteristics of his car, which would have caused him to go off the pits.

Meanwhile, Verstappen will start from pole position in the short race for a golden opportunity to extend his 19-point advantage at the top of the championship standings.

The winner of the short race will get three points, which means Verstappen can take his advantage to 22 by heading into Sunday’s race.

In addition, Hamilton will drop five places on Sunday’s grid due to his engine change.

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