Lewis Hamilton breaks silence on FIA rejecting Mercedes appeal on Max Verstappen incident

Red Bull were reportedly surprised their rivals have protested as they believe the on-board camera from Verstappen’s car supported the view of race director Michael Masi that it was simply hard racing.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said after the race that it was ‘laughable’ that Verstappen had not been penalised for the incident.

However, the Austrian admitted the German manufacturer expected the FIA to reject the review. 

He insisted the action was to instigate conversation about such manoeuvres to clarify the rules ahead of the final three races of the 2021 season.

Formula 1 travels to the Losail Circuit for the Qatar Grand Prix on November 21, with Red Bull star Verstappen holding a 14-point lead over Mercedes’ Hamilton.

source: express.co.uk