Mercedes ready to challenge decision not to penalise Max Verstappen

Mercedes ARE considering challenging the FIA’s decision not to penalise Red Bull rival Max Verstappen for running Lewis Hamilton off the road during the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton won despite being shoved aside late on in Sunday’s race 
  • Max Verstappen’s elbows-out resistance was not referred to the stewards 
  • Hamilton narrowed the gap on his title rival to 14 points with three races left 

Mercedes are considering challenging the FIA’s decision not to penalise Max Verstappen for running Lewis Hamilton off the road during the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Hamilton won with an incredible comeback drive to narrow the gap to title rival Verstappen to 14 points with three races left. He did so despite being shoved aside by the Dutchman in the second half of Sunday’s race.

Verstappen’s elbows-out resistance was not referred to the stewards, a determination Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff called ‘laughable’. 

Lewis Hamilton (L) was run off the track by Max Verstappen (R) at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Verstappen was not disciplined by race stewards for the controversial move on Sunday

Mercedes are considering their options, with an insider telling Sportsmail: ‘It seems a very lenient adjudication and we are looking into it to see if we want to take it further.’

FIA race director Michael Masi has revealed that on-board footage from Verstappen was not available to him during the grand prix and that he is open to reviewing the matter.

Mercedes are fuelled by their anger at Hamilton being thrown to the back of the grid for the sprint race for having a marginally illegal rear wing.

Hamilton celebrated (R) his victory to keep his title hopes alive against Verstappen (L)




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