The Verstappen/Hamilton hearing decision is still pending

Mercedes and Red Bull met with the stewards on Thursday to discuss the incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Brazil last time out.

The stewards have yet to announce their decision on a possible review of the incident involving Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix, with all parties involved taking a break from the race.

After previously unknown onboard footage from Verstappen’s car surfaced post-race, Mercedes requested a study of the Dutchman’s stern defense against Hamilton in last Sunday’s race.

At 17:00 local time (14:00 UK time), Mercedes and Red Bull were summoned to the stewards in Qatar to examine the situation. The meeting was, however, adjourned and will now resume at 20:00 local time (17:00 UK time).

Verstappen awaits penalty news

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 relevant 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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