Mercedes Fires Off Protest against Max Verstappen, Red Bull After New Video Surfaces

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Mercedes representatives want F1 to take another look at the alleged blockade action that Max Verstappen carried out against Lewis Hamilton in the middle of the race in Brazil.
The call for review comes after new Verstappen video evidence emerged in the car.
It is the third time this season that a Formula 1 team has requested a right of review, and the previous two attempts resulted in new penalties.
And so you thought the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Brazil was history.
Well not yet. Formula 1 staff have already arrived in Doha for the first Qatar Grand Prix this weekend, but a development came on Tuesday.
Lewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen to win at Interlagos, but before his successful pass came an attempt that resulted in both cars going into the runoff. On lap 48 of 71, Verstappen defended the lead on the inside against Hamilton, who was on the outside and was slightly ahead on the run to Turn 4.
Stewards took note of the incident but decided not to investigate. After the race, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff held a 5-second time penalty for Verstappen's behavior.
After the race, it turned out that the stewards did not have access to Verstappen's front-facing on-board camera at the time. Because while Formula 1 cars have multiple cameras, only one is ever broadcast live, and at that moment, Verstappen's rear-facing onboard camera was active.
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Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi agreed with the suggestions that the availability of Verstappen's forward-facing onboard could have been an influencing factor. On Tuesday, this forward-looking onboard was made publicly available by Formula 1.
A few hours later, Mercedes confirmed that it had requested a right of review under Article 14.1.1 of the FIA's International Sports Code "on the basis of new evidence not available to the Stewards at the time of their decision".
This is a clause in the ISC that allows a competitor to request a review if new evidence comes to light that was not available at the time the stewards were called. It is now up to the FIA ​​to determine whether the forward facing shelf of Verstappen is a "significant and relevant new item" and whether a case is pending.
For the third time this season, a Formula 1 team has registered a right of inspection.
Red Bull attempted to increase the sanction on Hamilton following his clash with Verstappen at Silverstone for which he received a 10-second time penalty, but the new evidence has been dismissed.
Aston Martin tried to lift Sebastian Vettel's exclusion from second place in Hungary due to insufficient fuel sample, but this also failed.

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