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Mercedes denied review into Verstappen-Hamilton controversy

Stewards decide not to reopen the case into Max Verstappen’s defensive driving at Interlagos after ruling new video evidence not “significant” to lead to prospect of a different decision

Last Updated: 19/11/21 12:50pm


    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.

    Sao Paulo GP stewards have dismissed Mercedes’ request to have the decision not to investigate Max Verstappen’s defence against Lewis Hamilton last Sunday reviewed.

    A hearing featuring both teams took place on the opening day of the Qatar GP weekend and deliberations stretched into Friday, but stewards ruled that, while video evidence footage released from on-board Max Verstappen’s car on Tuesday was duly a ‘new’ element in the case and relevant, it did not satisfy the third criteria of also being ‘significant’.

    “The stewards determine that the footage shows nothing exceptional that is particularly different from the other angles that were available to them at the time,” read the stewards’ verdict.

    The lap-48 incident was ‘noted’ by Race Control but, after assessing the initial replays and angles available at the time during the race, they viewed it did not warrant further investigation for any possible penalty.

    Friday’s verdict means the result of last Sunday’s race now definitively stands, with Verstappen leading Hamilton by 14 points with three rounds to go. This weekend’s Qatar GP is live only on Sky Sports F1.

    Ted Kravitz and Damon Hill were at the SkyPad to look back at the incident involving title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

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    Ted Kravitz and Damon Hill were at the SkyPad to look back at the incident involving title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

    Ted Kravitz and Damon Hill were at the SkyPad to look back at the incident involving title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

    Hamilton won the race anyway after overtaking Verstappen 11 laps after the Turn Four controversy but any in-race penalty could have had an impact on whether he finished second or not.

    “I was surprised at the hearing in the first place,” said Red Bull boss Christian Horner to Sky after the verdict was delivered. “We saw many incidents at Turn Four both in the sprint race and the actual grand prix that there was absolutely no action with.

    “It was just two drivers obviously just outbraking themselves. If Lewis would have been smart he would have gone for the cut-back like Checo [Perez] did on Valtteri. The good thing is the book’s closed on it and it’s full focus on this weekend.”

    What did Max and Lewis say about the incident on Thursday?

    Max Verstappen insists he did nothing wrong in the way he defended against Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

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    Max Verstappen insists he did nothing wrong in the way he defended against Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

    Max Verstappen insists he did nothing wrong in the way he defended against Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP.

    Speaking while their respective teams were meeting with the stewards and before the decision came out, Verstappen and Hamilton each had their say on the events of last Sunday:

    Verstappen: “As a driver, we know exactly what we can or cannot do in the car. We were fighting hard, braking late into the corner, the tyres are hot, and if I had turned more abrupt to the left you’d just spin off the track.

    “That’s why we are the drivers. We try to control the car.”

    Hamilton: “We’ve looked at it and have a different viewpoint naturally now, but I’m just putting all my energy into setting up the car and making sure I’m in the right headspace this weekend.”

    Lewis Hamilton was delighted with his performance in Sao Paulo, but he's refusing to get carried away as he bids to win a record eighth world title.

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    Lewis Hamilton was delighted with his performance in Sao Paulo, but he’s refusing to get carried away as he bids to win a record eighth world title.

    Lewis Hamilton was delighted with his performance in Sao Paulo, but he’s refusing to get carried away as he bids to win a record eighth world title.

    When to watch this weekend live on Sky Sports F1

    Friday

    10.00am: Practice One Live (Session starts at 10.30am)

    1.45pm: Practice Two Live (Session starts at 2pm)

    Saturday

    10.45am: Practice Three Live (Session starts at 11am)

    1pm: Qualifying build-up Live

    2pm: Qatar GP Qualifying Live*

    3.45pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook*

    Sunday

    12.30pm: Race build-up – Grand Prix Sunday Live

    2pm: THE QATAR GRAND PRIX LIVE

    4pm: Race reaction – Chequered Flag Live

    5pm: Ted’s Notebook Live

    6pm: Qatar GP highlights

    *Simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event