Mercedes requests the right to review the Verstappen / Hamilton incident

Just hours after F1 released a cockpit view of the way Verstappen drifted wide in turn 4 in the 48th round of the Interlagos race to push Hamilton wide, the world champion team has revealed it is taking the matter further.

In a brief statement on social media, Mercedes said: “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team confirmed today that we have requested a review under Article 14.1.1 of the International Sporting Code in connection with translation 4 between car 44. and Auto 33 2021 in the Brazilian GP round 48 new evidence which were not available to the judges at the time of the decision. “

The rules of appeal are clear and require competitors to introduce a “significant and relevant new element” which “was not available to the parties requesting a review at the time the decision was taken”.

Mercedes must first prove that a new element has been found, and this should be straightforward based on the materials taken from Verstappen’s car.

On Sunday in Brazil, after the FIA ​​decided not to investigate the Verstappen / Hamilton case, it was revealed that the driver of the race did not have access to the driving camera of the Verstappen car.

F1’s current technology limits only one live broadcast from each car, and at the time of the incident, Verstappen’s Red Bull broadcast it backwards.

The front camera footage was only available for download after the race, and F1 finally released it on Tuesday.

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F1 race director Michael Masi said in Brazil that the governing body had also requested the video because he admitted it could be a “smoky weapon” offering new insight.

“Maybe, definitely. Possibly,” he said. “But no, we didn’t have access to it. And apparently it’s being downloaded. And when the commercial rights holder delivers it, we’ll see.”

Although the FIA ​​juries did not have official published documentation of the Verstappen / Hamilton case because the competition oversight ruled out an investigation, the rules require judges to make a decision when events are “noticed” in this case. .

In accordance with Article 47.1 of the F1 Sporting Rules, it states: “The Clerk of the Course may report any incident or suspected violation of these Sporting Rules or Regulations to the Referee. After review, it is at his discretion.

Mercedes ’decision to extend its right of review after Mercedes boss Toto Wolff conceded after the Brazilian race with a new hard-line attitude.

Frustrated by the FIA’s decision to disqualify Lewis Hamilton because of the DRS problem, he was annoyed that Verstappen was not even investigated.

“I think we’ve just had many, many blows to our faces this weekend with decisions that could have turned to either side, against us, or for us,” he said.

“When decisions always sway against you, I’m just angry and I defend against my team and my drivers.

“I’ve always been very diplomatic in discussing things. But diplomacy is over today.”

If the FIA ​​accepts that Verstappen violated the rules of the sport while driving, it is possible that it may impose a time penalty for the Brazilian race or order the drop of the grid for the next race in Qatar.

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