The three drivers investigated by the Brazilian stewards for breaching wet weather tyre rules have escaped penalty. Hamilton, Sato and Button were investigated after all three used two sets of wet weather tyres during free practice 1 this morning this is in breach of Article 25.3 of the F1 s Sporting Regulations states that, “No driver may use more than one set of wet and one set of extreme weather tyres during P1 and P2.â€
The stewards requested all three drivers along with representatives of their teams attend a discussion over the incident. The stewards decided to fine the teams 15,000 Euro each, but decided against penalising the drivers. The teams must also hand back one set of wet weather tyres to ensure that they cannot benefit from an extra set of scrubbed in tyres.
“To avoid the possibility that any of the three teams or their drivers could derive any benefit during the remainder of the event from having available to them part worn wet tyres, each team will forthwith voluntarily surrender those tyres to the FIA Technical Assistant,” the stewards announced.
The news will be music to Hamilton s ears as Interlagos hosts a three-way battle to decide this season s world champion.