F1 latest news and rumours LIVE: Max Verstappen waits on penalty for Lewis Hamilton incident

Mercedes Requests Review Of Verstappen/Hamilton Battle

Follow all the latest Formula One news with Max Verstappen anxiously waiting to see if he will be punished for the incident involving Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion won Sunday’s race in fine style following a superb comeback drive, but championship leader Verstappen escaped punishment for running his rival off the road as they battled for first position late in the race.

The stewards noted the incident before looking at the footage and choosing not to launch a formal investigation, a decision Mercedes chief Toto Wolff later called “laughable”. However, Mercedes have since been granted a right of review leaving Verstappen’s fate up in the air once again. Should the FIA rule against him, the Dutchman could face a retrospective time penalty which could cost him points or a grid drop at the next race in Qatar this weekend.

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Sainz suggests solution after Hamilton and Verstappen clash

Ferrari man Carlos Sainz has suggested a solution which he believes would prevent controversial incidents like Max Verstappen’s defence against Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos last weekend.

The former McLaren driver believes an increase in the use of gravel traps, already a big feature of old-school circuits like Imola and Monza, would make it impossible for drivers to run wide in order to compromise others.

“I personally think that this issue would be solved with a gravel trap on the exit of Turn 4,” said Sainz, who is enjoying a fine debut season with the Scuderia. “I think you also saw at the start a few cars – including ourselves – going wide in Turn 4. If there had been a gravel trap, we wouldn’t have gone there.

“And instead of actually it being an issue for the stewards, if you put a gravel trap there, it wouldn’t be an issue for the stewards, for Michael [Masi, FIA race director], for Lewis, for Max or for us,” the 27-year-old Spaniard added.

Dan Austin18 November 2021 09:00

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Latest Verstappen news

Formula 1 stewards will review their decision not to penalise Max Verstappen at Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, motor sport’s governing body has confirmed.

Lewis Hamilton won the Interlagos race following a superb comeback drive, but championship leader Verstappen escaped punishment for running his rival off the road as they duelled for first position.

The stewards noted the incident before looking at the footage and choosing not to launch a formal investigation, but Hamilton’s Mercedes team have won a right of review.

Lawrence Ostlere18 November 2021 08:49

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Follow all the latest Formula One news with Max Verstappen anxiously waiting to see if he will be punished for the incident involving Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion won Sunday’s race in fine style following a superb comeback drive, but championship leader Verstappen escaped punishment for running his rival off the road as they battled for first position late in the race.

The stewards noted the incident before looking at the footage and choosing not to launch a formal investigation, a decision Mercedes chief Toto Wolff later called “laughable”.

However, Mercedes have since been granted a right of review leaving Verstappen’s fate up in the air once again.

Should the FIA rule against him, the Dutchman could face a retrospective time penalty which could cost him points or a grid drop at the next race in Qatar this weekend.

Follow all the latest F1 news throughout the day.

Ben Burrows18 November 2021 08:37

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