In the opinion of the commissioners, the images of the cameras ‘on board’ are “relevant, but not significant”.
The meeting hours of Thursday afternoon in Losail and the tense wait this morning did not bring anything new and the International Federation (FIA) dismissed the new evidence on the defense of Max verstappen in view of Lewis hamilton during the Brazilian GP. In the opinion of the stewards, who reviewed the ‘on board’ images of the incident at turn 4, this new evidence is “relevant, but not significant”, so the World Cup leader will not be sanctioned for what happened last Sunday in Interlagos.
“There is nothing in those images that fundamentally changes the facts,” reasons the letter signed by Tim mayer, Matteo perini, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Roberto Moreno. Therefore, Verstappen maintains his second position in the Brazilian GP and his 14 points lead in the World Championship against Hamilton.
The commissioners’ decision, known shortly after 3:30 p.m. (local time in Qatar), coincided with the press conference in Toto wolff and Christian horner, the bosses of Mercedes and Red Bull, respectively. “I certainly expected it,” Wolff admitted. “We want to give flight to this issue, because it will continue on the table in the next races. This objective has been achieved. We did not expect to go any further,” added the head of the Silver Arrows.
Horner, for his part, described the verdict as “correct.” In the British opinion, otherwise “Pandora’s box” would have been opened; revealed the chief technical officer of the Austrian squire. The controversial chapter took place last Sunday during lap 48 of the Brazilian GP, when a defensive maneuver by Verstappen against Hamilton was scored by Michael Masi, race director, but not investigated by the stewards.
Reference from elmundo