The FIA rejected Mercedes’ request on Friday to re-examine a call not to penalize Red Bull’s Max Verstappen over his controversial defense of Lewis Hamilton on lap 48 of the So Paulo Grand Prix last week. Verstappen and Hamilton both ran wide at Turn 4 at Interlagos as the Dutchman remained ahead. The move was noted by the race director, but the stewards decided at the time that no investigation was necessary. Hamilton later overtook Verstappen to win the race. But on Tuesday Mercedes announced they were seeking the right to review a decision not to investigate Verstappen’s actions, which they said was new evidence available. The stewards heard from representatives from Mercedes and Red Bull on Thursday in Qatar, then held discussions overnight, before arriving at a decision on Friday after first practice for this weekend’s grand prix.
His denial of Mercedes’ request means Verstappen is not at risk of any retroactive penalties and the full race result from Brazil stands.
After announcing his decision the stewards explained according to Formula1.com: “There will always be some angle of video footage, as there are limitations in both technology and bandwidth, which are unavailable at the time.”
“Whether the decisions of the stewards are considered right or wrong, and as with the decisions of referees in football, it does not seem desirable that for two weeks any or all such in-race discretionary decisions should be reviewed.” facts and managers therefore seriously doubt that the intent of the right to review in the ISC [International Sporting Code] To enable competitors to review discretionary decisions that do not follow a formal scrutiny by a steward and do not result in a published document.”
Although the stewards agreed that the onboard camera footage was technically new and relevant evidence, they disagreed that it was “significant” in this case.
Their statement said: “Stewards must often make decisions quickly and on limited information. At the time of the decision, the stewards felt they had sufficient information to make a decision, which was widely followed immediately post-race.” was aligned with. Comments from both the drivers involved.”
“Did He Realize That Forward-Facing Camera Video From Car 33″ [Verstappen] The decision was important to make, they simply put the incident under investigation – for post-race investigation – and made the decision after the video became available. He saw that there was no need to do so.”
Verstappen is currently 14 points ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, with three races left to run in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
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