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FIA delays review decision

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18/11/2021

The FIA has delayed a decision on Mercedes request for a right to review the decision not to penalise Max Verstappen in Brazil until Friday.

Summoned by the FIA to present new evidence relevant to the case, Mercedes was armed with the onboard footage not available to the Interlagos stewards at the time they decided not in investigate the lap 48 incident.

"Following today's hearing with representatives from Mercedes and Red Bull, the stewards are now considering the matter and will publish their decision tomorrow."

It was only after the race that race director Michael Masi revealed that the decision to flag the incident as a "racing incident" was because the relevant onboard footage wasn't available.

If the FIA grant the right of review a further hearing will be undertaken at which the specifics of the incident, including the new footage, will be carefully scrutinised.

While a time penalty could see Max Verstappen demoted to third in the Brazil results if found guilty of forcing Lewis Hamilton off track, alternatively the Dutchman could be hit was a grid penalty this weekend.

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1. Posted by Pavlo, 19/11/2021 11:52

"@stogie: yes, but compared to the previous events, such “forcing off” is either penalised with 5 seconds or not penalised at all. “No penalty” is stir consistent enough.
But it’s extremely annoying that decision is postponed. Stewards made a good job of making a decision immediately during the race - right or wrong, but at least in time. Now FIA needs a day to just review if there is anything to review, and then weeks and months to review?
Come on, we have qualifying of the next event tomorrow, they need to make a final decision now.
I agree with Brundle, there is nothing new to review at all. Situation is crystal clear, the only question is whether it deserves a penalty or not."

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2. Posted by USA1, 18/11/2021 23:14

"I really wish that racing becomes racing again, F1 is killing itself just to have all these regulations, put a cap on spending for the car not including drivers $$ and leave everything else open, may the best driver 🥇 "

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3. Posted by ZJAY, 18/11/2021 22:56

"@ The stogie

yes "consistently inconsistent!!". That is why if they penalize Max, they should review Silverstone and revise Ham's penalty accordingly."

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4. Posted by The stogie, 18/11/2021 22:50

"Anybody with even a minimum understanding of the sport could clearly see that Max 'went wide' forcing Lewis off track. Once again the stewards are being consistently inconsistent!!"

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