Mercedes has decided to use ‘right to review’ option seeing the new video evidence of Turn 4 incident in F1 Sao Paulo GP.
Following the video release from F1 of the Turn 4 incident between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in Sao Paulo GP, the German outfit has now used up its Right of Review’ option from the International Sporting Code.
The video showed Verstappen braking as late as possible to not allow Hamilton to turn as both then go off on the run-off but without any contact. The FIA stewards then did not investigate but they did not have the front camera view at that time.
Now with the new footage available, Mercedes think they have a case against Red Bull. The FIA is yet to accept and once they do, they will set a date – presumably this weekend in Qatar. The review adds more to the drama between the two F1 outfits.
Over the Sao Paulo GP weekend, Toto Wolff was clear that they won’t be the ‘victims’ anymore and play it out on the front. The aggression could be seen all-through the weekend from their side, which brought confidence.
It remains to be seen what comes out of it though, as such reviews rarely changes the original decision. A penalty for Sao Paulo seems too much but if at all they penalise Verstappen, it maybe grid places in the upcoming Qatar GP.
“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team confirmed 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,” stated the statement.
UPDATE: The right to review hearing will take place on Thursday of F1 Qatar GP weekend at 17:00 local time. The stewards will meet-up via video conferencing to understand if they need to further investigate the matter in light of new video.
— Sergio Rodríguez (@sergiorf97) November 17, 2021
Here’s the video link from F1
Here’s Lewis Hamilton on a dummy on Max Verstappen at Turn 1
Here’s Mercedes and Red Bull with their initial reaction