The FIA has announced that their decision whether to re-examine the call not to punish Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for his controversial defense of Lewis Hamilton at last weekend’s São Paulo Grand Prix will be made on the Friday of the Qatar Grand Prix weekend. , following. hearing on Thursday.
Representatives from both Red Bull and Mercedes met with the stewards at the 17:00 local time at the Losail International Circuit on Thursday, following Mercedes’ request for a “Review Review” hearing, and the stewards later issued a statement saying they “are now considering “. the matter ”, and postpone a decision until Friday 19 November.
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“After today’s hearing with representatives of Mercedes and Red Bull, the stewards are now considering the matter and will publish their decision tomorrow,” they wrote in a statement on Thursday evening.
It is important to note that the decision they are currently considering relates only to whether or not there is reason to give a review of the original decision not to investigate Verstappen’s move after it was forwarded to them by Race Director Michael Masi, and not a verdict about The Verstappen Maneuver itself.
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Speaking of Mercedes ’decision to follow the“ Right of Review ”route – which might see Verstappen retroactively give punishment for his Lap 48 defense of Hamilton at Interlagos if the stewards agree there is enough new evidence for review – Hamilton said he was “fully supporting” his team’s choice, while acknowledging that he “didn’t give energy” to think about the “Review Review” process, as he prepares for F1’s first race in Qatar.
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Verstappen, meanwhile, seemed confused about the process, telling the media at Losail: “I don’t expect [the review] happen because I thought it was a fair, tough race between the two guys fighting for the championship. So it wouldn’t have been an easy pass anyway, because that’s not how I am and I don’t think it should be like when you’re fighting for the title. “
Verstappen sits 14 points ahead of Hamilton in the driver standings at present, with three races remaining to run in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.