Stewards put off making a decision on the Verstappen/Hamilton incident

The stewards have indicated that a decision on Mercedes’ request for a review of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s incident in Brazil will not be released until Friday.

It has been confirmed that the verdict on Mercedes’ request for a review into the collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in Brazil will not be released until Friday.

In last weekend’s race at Interlagos, Verstappen and Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel for the lead, with Verstappen avoiding a penalty for his firm defense after the stewards noted the incident but took no further action.

Mercedes, on the other hand, requested a right of review after the publication of previously unseen onboard camera footage from Verstappen’s car.

Stewards set to deliberate overnight

The stewards met in Qatar on Thursday at 17:00 local time (14:00 UK time) with representatives from Mercedes and Red Bull. The meeting resumed around 20:00 local time after a brief break (17:00 UK time).

The stewards have taken a break after these lengthy discussions to make a decision, which will not be made until Friday.

“Following today’s hearing with representatives from Mercedes and Red Bull, the stewards are now considering the matter and will publish their decision tomorrow,” said an FIA spokesperson.

What possible penalties face Verstappen?

Mercedes had to offer a significant and important new element that wasn’t available for consideration by the stewards at the time of the original judgment, and the stewards had to recognize this new element as pertinent to the investigation in order to trigger a full review.

If that were to happen, the stewards would have a number of alternatives, including time and grid penalties. If Verstappen is given a five-second penalty, he will drop from second to third in the Brazilian GP results, behind Valtteri Bottas, costing him three points.

In the championship standings, Verstappen presently has a 14-point advantage over Hamilton.

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