The now well-known 48th lap incident of the São Paulo Grand Prix – between Lewis Hamilton, who had simply taken the lead, and Max Verstappen at flip four of the Interlagos circuit – could have its subsequent (and presumably final) episode this Thursday in Losail.
The Qatari monitor, which can host the 20th spherical of the 2021 F1 season this weekend, will see an off-track “conflict” since Mercedes, which introduced on Tuesday its intention to request a evaluate of the commissioners’ choice, will exactly try and persuade them to take action and to open an investigation into the Dutchman’s actions on this battle for victory.
Certainly, the official convocation of the representatives of the seven-time World Champion crew for this Thursday at 5 p.m. native time (three p.m. French time) fell on Wednesday night. The doc, which at no time mentions the potential of Mercedes being unfounded to behave within the absence of a proper choice rendered final Sunday, reads as follows, in its entirety:
“In accordance with Article 14 of the Worldwide Sporting Code (CSI), and following the request for evaluate by Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Crew despatched on November 16, 2021, the Crew Supervisor and witnesses whose Competitor could request the attendance, as much as three, should seem by videoconference at 5:00 p.m. native time (Qatar) on Thursday, November 18, 2021. “
“In accordance with Article 14 of the CSI, the aim of this listening to is to find out whether or not the Proper of Overview exists on this case, that’s to say whether or not ‘a brand new important and related factor is found, which was not not accessible to the events bringing the attraction on the time of the choice involved ‘. “
“The identify and place of all individuals whose attendance the Competitor needs to attend should be supplied in writing no later than 12 midday native time (Qatar) on November 18, 2021 to the Secretary of the Stewards.”
In fact, within the context of the previous few days, the centerpiece of Mercedes’ declare appears set to be the official video from Max Verstappen’s on-board digital camera on the time of the incident. Michael Masi, the FIA race director, admitted on the finish of the GP that this proof couldn’t be utilized by the stewards once they determined, just a few laps later, that the incident didn’t need to be investigation.
Whether or not it’s the solely factor or one amongst a number of others introduced by Mercedes, the crew must show for every of them that they’re certainly “new”, “related”, “important” and that they weren’t created from scratch. If the São Paulo GP Stewards (or their substitutes if relevant), of their sole discretion, agree that the proof (s) supplied does have these qualities, then this may pave the way in which for a extra in-depth examination of the incident. In any other case, the case will a priori be over and the GP outcomes ratified.
It must be famous that the representatives of Crimson Bull had been additionally summoned.