The team Mercedes announced this Tuesday that it has demanded that the incident between its pilot be reexamined Lewis hamilton and Max verstappen (Red Bull) in lap 48 of the Brazilian Grand Prix last Sunday, for which the Dutch did not receive any sanction.
The claim is based on “new tests that were not available to the race stewards at the time they made their decision“, specified the German brand.
Attacked by Hamilton on the outside of turn 4, Verstappen fought back aggressively and sent his rival out of bounds on the track. The commissioners did not deem it necessary to investigate the incident, estimating that it was a career event.
However, the race director Michael Masi later admitted that they had not been able to view all the images, especially those that recorded the camera on board the Red bull, which would be incriminating for Verstappen if they showed a Dutchman’s intentional move towards his rival for the World Cup Formula 1.
The Briton managed to overtake the Dutchman a dozen laps later to end up taking a victory that allows him to be 14 points behind Verstappen in the World Cup standings, with three races to go, the next one in Qatar the next Sunday.
In Mercedes they are upset
At the end of the race held on the circuit InterlAugust of Sao Paulo, the patron of Mercedes Toto Wolff has already harshly criticized the International Automobile Federation (FIA), guarantor of the regulations of the Formula 1, which he considers merciful to Red bull.
Mercedes I was already upset at the beginning of the weekend when Hamilton was disqualified in the qualifying session that the Briton had dominated as a result of the rear wing of his car It did not comply with the regulations, possibly due to a break.
Wolff considered that the FIA could have authorized to repair the spoiler instead of sanctioning Verstappen, above all because Red bull repaired the Dutchman’s aileron “three times in a row”.
“I think we have received many, many blows over the weekend., with decisions that could have fallen from one side or the other, in our favor or against “commented the Austrian.
“When decisions are always against us, it makes us angry and I will always defend my team and my drivers as I see fit. I have always been very diplomatic in the way I discuss things., but today diplomacy ends, “concludes his statement.