Mercedes request right to review Max Verstappen incident during Brazilian GP

Mercedes confirmed they have requested the right to review the incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton had one of his great drives to climb from P10 – after suffering a five-place grid penalty due to a new engine – and take the chequered flag at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The result means the Brit has closed the gap on championship leader Verstappen ahead of the final three races.

On lap 48 at Interlagos on Sunday, the two rivals were battling for the lead with Hamilton’s Mercedes appearing to narrowly edge ahead of the Red Bull, which was on the inside.

Verstappen ran wide and the move forced both drivers off the track, with the Dutchman holding the lead for a few more laps before the seven-time world champion finally took the lead.

While Hamilton took the lead and win anyway, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Verstappen should have received a penalty.

An investigation was deemed unnecessary after the FIA consulted footage provided by broadcast cameras – but Verstappen’s on-board footage could be reviewed by the FIA after Mercedes confirmed they have requested the right to review the footage themselves.

In a statement released on social media, Mercedes wrote: “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team confirms that we have today requested a Right of Review under Article 14.1.1 of the International Sporting Code, in relation to the Turn 4 incident between Car 44 and Car 33 on lap 48 of the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, on the basis of new evidence unavailable to the Stewards at the time of their decision.”

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The lack of intervention from the sport’s governing body did not impact the outcome of the race, as Hamilton surged past his rival to close the gap in the championship.

While Red Bull boss Christian Horner believed the moment was merely a racing incident, Mercedes team principal Wolff was furious – with footage of his exuberant reaction to Hamilton’s pass going viral.

Formula 1 travels to the Losail Circuit for the Qatar Grand Prix on November 21, with Red Bull star Verstappen holding a 14-point lead over Mercedes’ Hamilton.

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