The qualifying fight for the Brazilian Grand Prix sprint started off the tarmac. Throughout the day, eyes were fixed on the FIA commissioners who had to make a key decision for the development of the World Cup. After reporting that Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes DRS did not comply with the regulations, it was necessary to see what sanction the race management imposed on the seven-time champion. At the same time, the punishment for Max Verstappen had to be made public after touching the British car in a closed park, which in the end was 50,000 euros. Two hours before the start of the race came the communication that left the Mercedes box frozen: Hamilton was disqualified and had to come out last in the race in the sprint. There was only one option left if the Briton did not want to abdicate from the World Cup: to go back without a break in the 24 laps of the classification in Interlagos.