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Mercedes summoned to stewards over Verstappen/Hamilton incident

Mercedes will meet with the stewards on Thursday to discuss the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos.

The FIA have confirmed that Mercedes will meet with the stewards in Qatar at 17:00 local time on Thursday (14:00 UK time) to discuss the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton during last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. Verstappen and Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel into Turn 4 as they battled for the lead of the race, with both drivers running off the track in an incident that was noted by the stewards. No penalty was given, but following the publishing of the onboard camera footage from Verstappen's car , which was hitherto unseen, Mercedes have opted to request a right of review . "In accordance with Art. 14 of the International Sporting Code (ISC), and following the petition for review by Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, lodged on 16 November 2021, the Team Manager and such witnesses as the competitor may request, up to three, are required to appear via video conference at 17:00 hrs local (Qatar) on Thursday, 18 November 2021," read a note from the stewards. "In accordance with Art. 14 ISC, this hearing is to determine whether the Right of Review exists in this case, ie whether 'a significant and relevant new element is discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned'. "The names and positions of all attendees that the competitor intends to request attend must be provided in writing no later than 12:00 hrs local (Qatar) on 18 November 2021 to the Stewards Secretary." In order to trigger a full review, Mercedes must present a significant and relevant new element that wasn't available for consideration by the stewards at the time of the decision, with the stewards then accepting this new element as relevant to the investigation.