As of Sunday, the most interesting topic is the duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, which took place in the 48th lap of the race at Interlagos, and now the Mercedes team has officially announced that they want to use their right for case review Lewis Hamilton made a great breakthrough towards the top of the standings at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, after he was forced to start from the tenth place due to a penalty.
He came in second place, the stops in the pit had been done before, and then he had no choice but to attack leading Max Verstappen on the track. The attack happened in the 48th round. Max went to the left (inner) side of the track at the approach to corner number 4, while Lewis attacked from the outside.
The Mercedes car was a little ahead at one point, but with very late braking the Dutchman defended his position. They both went off the track and came back without a change in order - number 33 ahead of number 44. The referees noticed the incident but assessed that a case review was not necessary, and thus no punishment for the Red Bull driver.
Mercedes is angry
This greatly angered the Mercedes team, which felt that the defense was too aggressive and that Verstappen deserved a penalty. They decided to concretize this opinion by requesting a revision of the whole case.
“Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team confirms that today they requested the right to a review under Article 14.1.1 of the International Sporting Code, in relation to the incident in corner 4 between cars number 44 and 33 in the 48th lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix, and based on new evidence that was not available to the referees at the time of the decision, ”the statement said.
The referees will have to respond to that request, hold a meeting with team representatives and look at that alleged new evidence. Hamilton won the race, passing Verstappen on that same stretch of track a dozen laps later.
It’s never been tenser than it is now, and no team wants to give up. Mercedes wants to continue its series, while Red Bull wants to be the one to end Mercedes' dominance. With Hamilton's victory, things became even tenser, and it is obvious that the question of the winner will be resolved only in the last race.
Verstappen has the advantage, but Hamilton is dangerously threatening and you can see his mentality, but also the quality he possesses. The Mercedes car was a little ahead at one point, but with very late braking the Dutchman defended his position. They both went off the track and came back without a change in order - number 33 ahead of number 44.