Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton: Brazilian Grand Prix onboard images revealed
The footage F1 desperately needed to see was revealed today and Mercedes immediately used them to launch an attack on Max Verstappen.
Mercedes has requested the right to review the controversial fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Monday (AEDT) after new footage of the clash emerged.
The wheel-to-wheel incident on Lap 48 at Interlagos created a lot of drama as Verstappen appeared to take himself and Hamilton off the track when he took a shallow line on Turn 4 after the Silver star Arrows passed him on the turn and controlled the race line. Verstappen didn’t give up an inch.
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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was furious that Verstappen was avoiding any penalties, convinced the Dutchman defended himself too aggressively as title rival Hamilton tried to overtake him.
Stewards ruled at the time that no action was necessary and the FIA subsequently confirmed that officials had not watched the video from Verstappen’s on-board camera before announcing that there was no would not have an investigation.
F1 analysts said on-board video would be crucial in determining whether Verstappen crossed the line, but it was not available – until now.
The release of the new images prompted Mercedes to request a review, the team released an official statement on Wednesday morning.
“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team has confirmed that today we have requested a right of review under Article 14.1.1 of the International Sporting Code, regarding the Turn 4 incident between car 44 and car 33 in round 48 of the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, based on new evidence not available to the Stewards at the time of their decision, ”the team said.
Hamilton passed Verstappen 11 laps later and won the Grand Prix, which has been described by many as one of the best drivers ever to be won by the seven-time world champion. Verstappen is just 14 points ahead of the drivers’ standings with three races to go this season.
F1 Race Director Michael Masi said the sport’s governing body requested on-board footage of Verstappen’s Red Bull as it could be a “smoking gun” that provides further evidence of what really happened on lap 48.
“Maybe, absolutely. Maybe, “he said.” But no, we didn’t have access to it. And obviously it’s being downloaded. And once the commercial rights holder provides it. , we’ll take a look.
Wolff said after the race it was “laughable” that Verstappen escaped sanction for his decision – the Mercedes boss’s mood worsened as Hamilton was fined earlier in the week -end of the Grand Prix when he was disqualified from qualifying and relegated to the back of the grid. after flight attendants confirmed a complaint from Red Bull that its DRS system (the flap mounted on the car’s rear fender that opens to gain top speed) exceeded allowable limits.
Hamilton recovered in the main event for a stunning win, but Wolff still wants action taken against Verstappen as a five-second penalty would have dropped the young gun to third behind Valtteri Bottas – closing the gap even further championship between him and Hamilton and giving Mercedes a boost in the constructors’ standings.
“It was a really bad defense from Max, absolutely an inch over the limit, but he had to do it to defend,” Wolff said.
“Lewis just handled it even more brilliantly by avoiding contact and finishing the race that way.
“But it was just over the line, it should have been a five-second penalty at least. Max probably knew that. Just brush him under the mat, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. .
“It’s just laughable.
“We just had a lot, a lot of punches to the face this weekend with decisions that could have tipped one way or the other, against us or for us.
“When the decisions always turn against you, it’s just something that makes me angry.”