Mercedes request right of review over Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton F1 battle in Sao Paulo GP


Last Updated: 16/11/21 4:08pm

New on-board footage has been released from Max Verstappen's car during the controversial incident with Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

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New on-board footage has been released from Max Verstappen’s car during the controversial incident with Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

New on-board footage has been released from Max Verstappen’s car during the controversial incident with Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

Mercedes have requested a right of review of the Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton incident in the Sao Paulo GP after citing new evidence – almost certain to be the newly-released on-board video from the Red Bull.

In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, F1’s world champions said they requested a right of review of the lap 48 incident at Interlagos “on the basis of new evidence unavailable to the stewards at the time of the decision”.

F1 Race Control ‘noted’ the near-miss between Verstappen and Hamilton at the time but chose not to launch a full in-race investigation after being satisfied with replays available to them at the time that the Red Bull driver, who was defending the lead, had done nothing wrong.

However, FIA race director Michael Masi acknowledged after the race that they had not been able to consult Verstappen’s on-board in real time, which would only be made available to them at some later point after the race had finished.

That footage was released on Tuesday and Mercedes initiated their right of review several hours later.

Stewards must now decide whether that request is permissible and the ‘new’ evidence warrants another look at the incident.

More to follow…



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