The Brazilian Grand Prix is not over yet. The victory with overtaking strokes (25 between sprint qualifying and race) was not enough for Lewis Hamilton to reopen the championship. It is Max Verstappen’s defensive maneuver at turn 4 that has reopened the challenge: Mercedes believes it was irregular and has filed an appeal.
The deadlines for appealing have expired, but this situation is different: yesterday new evidence emerged allowing the case to be reopened. In particular, the FIA has published the shots from the camera-car of the two drivers that offer a different point of view (but not too much: the behavior of the Dutch driver immediately appeared extreme). If on Sunday the race marshals felt it was right to let it go, give priority to the show and ensure that the duel was consummated on the track, now the episode has to be reviewed.
After viewing the film of the accident frame by frame, Mercedes decided to seek the right to review based on the new evidence. The episode refers to turn 4 of lap 48: Hamilton attacks on the outside, while Verstappen delays the braking and ends up widening the trajectory. In doing so, he accompanies the Mercedes on the escape route and ends up in his turn with his Red Bull. The race direction notices the accident, but decides not to intervene.
If Mercedes’ request were to be upheld and Verstappen penalized with an additional 5 seconds, the order of arrival of the Brazilian GP would change. Max would be relegated to third position behind Bottas and the championship margin over Hamilton would be reduced to 11 points with only three races left: Qatar (21 November), Saudi Arabia (5 December) and the Emirates (12 December).