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Formula 1

Verstappen escapes penalty as Mercedes fail in review bid

The stewards have dismissed new evidence presented by Mercedes regarding the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in Brazil.

Hamilton Verstappen Brazil
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Mercedes have failed in their right of review bid regarding the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix, meaning the Dutchman will not be penalised.

Following lengthy deliberations over the course of Thursday night and into Friday morning, the stewards ruled that Mercedes have not met all the criteria required to warrant a full right of review over the incident, which saw both drivers go off track at Turn 4 on Lap 48/71 of last weekend's race.

As a result, Verstappen's 14-point lead over Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship remains undamaged, and there will be no threat of a grid penalty over the weekend of the Qatar Grand Prix.

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