Mercedes called to stewards over suspected technical infringement in Italian GP

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Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been called before the stewards over a suspected technical infringement in today’s Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton dominated proceedings to win at Monza by 25 seconds over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, whilst Rosberg retired from the race with three laps remaining due to an engine failure.

In the closing stages of the race, Hamilton, already leading by over 20 seconds, was told to push hard. The team said that it would explain why to him after the race.

In a statement issued by the stewards moments after the checkered flag fell at Monza, it was revealed that both Hamilton and Rosberg’s tires were running below the required minimum pressure.

“The measured minimum tire starting pressure of the left hand side rear tire of car number 44 [Hamilton] was 0.3 PSI below the specified minimum tire starting pressure and the measured minimum tire starting pressure of car number 6 [Rosberg] was 1.1 PSI below the specified minimum tire starting pressure,” wrote FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer.

“I am referring the matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

When asked about the matter following the race, Hamilton said that he had no comment to offer, nor was he aware of the issue.

“Not really, no,” Hamilton said when he was asked if he had any comment. “I wasn’t aware of it.”

A representative from Mercedes is due to meet the stewards at 16:15 CET (10:15am ET).

UPDATE 12:10 ET

Mercedes has escaped penalty after meeting with the stewards on Sunday. You can read the full story here.