The world champion squad needed the FIA to rethink its determination to not examine Verstappen for pushing Hamilton large at they battled for the lead at Interlagos final weekend.
Nevertheless, regardless of submitting contemporary proof together with the ahead going through on-board footage from Verstappen’s automobile, the FIA rejected Mercedes’s case, which implies the matter is now closed.
Talking earlier than the ultimate verdict got here out, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff defined that the principle motivation behind the evaluation was to not attempt to get Verstappen a penalty.
As an alternative, it was about getting some readability in regards to the guidelines of racing, with the FIA’s verdict on Verstappen’s driving inconsistent with different incidents the place penalties have been handed down.
Wolff mentioned: “It is extra in regards to the precept and the philosophy.
“As a result of if it stays that approach, meaning overtaking from the skin is just about not potential anymore, as a result of the within controls the nook fully.
“Now that’s anyway the case, however earlier than, when a automobile is subsequent to you, you wanted to go away a automobile width, and that is not the case [now].
“So we simply need to take it to the tip, have a judgement on that after which adapt if essential for the previous couple of races. You possibly can see a number of the drivers have really expressed the identical opinion.”
He added: “It is extra the true the racing penalties that it has, and I’ve a really robust opinion about that.
“It’s actually necessary to grasp what’s on and what’s not on for the subsequent few races, as a result of we do not need this championship to be determined by a extremely controversial state of affairs which will find yourself within the stewards’ room once more, and with a number of polarisation afterwards.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
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Wolff mentioned that getting readability on what’s and isn’t allowed by way of pushing different drivers off monitor was necessary for laying floor guidelines that might hopefully stop the world championship being determined within the courts.
“We do not need to find yourself after Saudi Arabia or Abu Dhabi, wherever it might finish, in a single or the opposite route, and it going to the stewards’ room, or to the Worldwide Courtroom of Attraction as a result of one of many staff feels it wasn’t handled rightly. In order that’s why now could be the time for this championship to debate the foundations.”