Mercedes’ appeal against the verdict on the incident between championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has been rejected by the Formula One stewards.
The incident occurred on lap 48 of last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo when Hamilton attempted to pass Verstappen, but the Dutchman drove wide, pushing both cars off the track.
Even while many felt that Verstappen should have been penalized, the manoeuvre was officially ruled a racing incident.
Mercedes filed an appeal, claiming to have onboard evidence demonstrating that the manoeuvre was risky, but Verstappen remarked, “I don’t expect [any punishment] since I believed it was hard and fair racing.”
With the official judgement dismissing Mercedes’ appeal, he has been proven correct, and the subject is now resolved ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix this weekend.
With only three races left in the 2021 season, Verstappen’s lead has shrunk to 14 points after Hamilton’s victory in Brazil.
After the Qatar GP, the circuit travels to Saudi Arabia and ends the year at Abu Dhabi.