Mercedes’ right of review challenge on Max Verstappen non-penalty to be heard ahead of Qatar GP

Hearing to see whether Mercedes’ challenge is deemed admissible by the stewards to be heard at 2pm GMT on Thursday; Mercedes and Red Bull representatives summoned; Mercedes argued that Verstappen should have been penalised , while Red Bull are understood to be surprised about challenge

Last Updated: 17/11/21 7:51pm

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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’ request for the decision over the Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton controversy in the Sao Paulo GP to be reviewed will be heard on Thursday in Qatar.

F1’s world champions lodged the challenge on Tuesday, just hours after new footage was released of Verstappen’s on-board during the Turn Four incident on lap 48 of Sunday’s race.

Verstappen and Hamilton both ran off track in the incident, with the Red Bull braking late and holding the inside line as he defended the race lead from his Mercedes rival.

Race Control ‘noted’ the incident at the time but ruled that no full stewards’ investigation was required.

Hamilton still ended up winning the race by overtaking Verstappen in a later move but Mercedes were left unhappy about the decision not to penalise the Dutchman, feeling he had unfairly forced their driver off the track.

The stewards investigated this incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton as the Red Bull driver defended his lead.

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The stewards investigated this incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton as the Red Bull driver defended his lead.

The stewards investigated this incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton as the Red Bull driver defended his lead.

Having exercised their right to ask for a review, Mercedes must now show stewards that “a significant and relevant new element” of evidence in the case has been discovered which was “unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned”.

FIA race director Michael Masi confirmed after the race that officials in Race Control did not have access to the forward-facing camera in Verstappen’s car at the time. If that is one of the central pieces of ‘new’ evidence that Mercedes present, then the stewards must agree that it is both “significant” and “relevant”.

Only then if those criteria are met would the case he formally re-opened and a second hearing called.

Damon Hill discusses the controversial incident in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton ran wide as he battled for the lead with Max Verstappen.

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Damon Hill discusses the controversial incident in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton ran wide as he battled for the lead with Max Verstappen.

Damon Hill discusses the controversial incident in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton ran wide as he battled for the lead with Max Verstappen.

Mercedes and Red Bull have each been summoned to meet with the stewards and can call up to three witnesses to the initial hearing, which will be held by video conference. Their respective call-ups could include Hamilton and Verstappen.

The case will be heard at 2pm UK time on Thursday, on the opening day of the inaugural Qatar GP weekend.

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