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Has Lewis Hamilton ever been disqualified in F1 before?

Jake Nichol November 13, 2021
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Lewis Hamilton’s championship charge is on the edge as he has been disqualified from qualifying for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, but has he ever been disqualified in F1 before?

Hamilton had qualified on pole position for the F1 sprint race on Saturday at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, with a healthy margin over title Max Verstappen in second.

However, the Mercedes #44 failed post-session tech, with the DRS slot opening exceeding the allowed 85mm. Mercedes tried to protest, but it was a pretty open and shut case.

He will start the sprint from the rear – and wherever he finishes will drop five places due to his engine penalty.

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Verstappen was fined 50,000 euros for touching the rear wing in parc ferme conditions.

But has Lewis Hamilton ever been disqualified in F1 before?

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Lewis Hamilton’s first disqualification in F1

Hamilton’s first disqualification in F1 came back in 2009 at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

It was his first race as the reigning world champion.

Under a late safety car, Hamilton was running fourth behind Jarno Trulli in the Toyota.

Glock ran wide and went off the circuit, with Hamilton passing him.

The #1 McLaren then let Trulli past later on the next lap, although Trulli copped a 25s time penalty for doing so.

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McLaren and Hamilton maintained their stance,, publicly, that they had not told Hamilton to let Trulli pass him.

However, in front of the stewards Hamilton and McLaren changed their story.

Next time out in Malaysia, Hamilton was hauled back in front of the stewards after audio recordings came to light.

They continued to contest, but the stewards decided that Hamilton and McLaren had lied to them, knowingly.

Hamilton was disqualified, and McLaren given a three race ban, suspended for one year.

Team manager David Ryan was also sacked over the scandal.

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Hamilton kicked out of qualifying

To date, Hamilton has only been disqualified twice in F1.

The second time was at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

He had stuck the McLaren on pole position by a healthy half-second over Pastor Maldonado.

However, on the cool-down lap to the grid, he was told to stop the car out on track.

The McLaren could not supply the required fuel sample and so was flung out of qualifying.

He recovered to eighth place at the end of the race.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.