MERCEDES have called for a review of Max Verstappen’s driving after he forced Lewis Hamilton off the track during their tussle at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
In the end it was to no avail as Hamilton came past him to claim a famous victory and reduce Verstappen’s lead in the drivers’ championship to just 14 points.
But debate surrounding the 24-year-old’s decision to squeeze Hamilton off the track has been reignited once more following the release of a statement from Mercedes.
It read: “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team confirms that we have today [Tuesday] requested a Right of Review under Article 14. 1. 1 of the International Sporting Code, in relation to the Turn 4 incident between Car 44 [Hamilton] and Car 33 [Verstappen] on lap 48 of the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, on the basis of new evidence unavailable to the Stewards at the time of their decision.”
The different opinions surrounding the incident have been bouncing around on social media.
Claiming Verstappen previously did the same thing to Charles Leclerc, one fan blamed the Dutchman by saying: “Max has done this stunt before.
“Only difference is Lewis is experienced enough to take evasive action whereas with Charles Max literally smashed into the side of him to gain track position… No penalty then.
“Max is a dirty driver. No other driver does this not even Mazepin.”
Another added: “Verstappen should take a 5 grid place penalty for next race, not saying because I’m a Hamilton fan but because he didn’t even attempt to hit the apex.”
But others felt the battle between the two was simply a racing incident and that nobody was to blame.
Defending Verstappen, one person said: “Both drivers trying to out-brake each other going into the corner. Ran out of road, nothing wrong with that at all.”
While another added: “Actually clever racing tbh go into corner too fast brake late and turn steering wheel knowing you’ll under steer off the track.”
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Hamilton eventually passed the Dutchman on lap 59 and went on to take the chequered flag with the Red Bull man in second.
And Verstappen has not received any form of penalty for the incident as he prepares for the final three races of the season.
Verstappen leads the championship by 14 points ahead of the Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi circuits.