Max Verstappen onboard footage posted on Lewis Hamilton’s wheel-to-wheel controversy at Sao Paulo GP – .

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Max Verstappen onboard footage posted on Lewis Hamilton’s wheel-to-wheel controversy at Sao Paulo GP – .


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Watch onboard footage of Max Verstappen’s car as he defends Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP. Stewards noted the incident, but Verstappen avoided a penalty before Hamilton won the race

Watch onboard footage of Max Verstappen’s car as he defends Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP. Stewards noted the incident, but Verstappen avoided a penalty before Hamilton won the race

Onboard footage of Max Verstappen’s car during his controversial Sao Paulo GP lead battle with Lewis Hamilton, when both cars left the track, have been released for the first time.

Race control “noticed” the fourth round incident between the title contenders after it occurred, but quickly decided that no full investigation into Verstappen’s defense was warranted, and the battle s. is therefore continued without interruption.

Hamilton eventually overtook rivals Red Bull with 12 laps to go to secure a remarkable win from 10th on the grid – but previous events in the braking zone of Turn four have continued to generate much talk. ‘them after the race.

Later, FIA Race Director Michael Masi confirmed that officials did not have access to the forward-facing cockpit camera of Verstappen’s car at the time of their analysis of the incident, and that it only became available after the race.

This footage has now been published.

Although Hamilton eventually triumphed to reduce Verstappen’s title lead to 14 points, Mercedes was unhappy that the Dutchman was not penalized on a weekend when they already felt several big decisions were against them.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said Sky Sports F1: ” I think [if] you put on the helmet and said it was hard to defend to the limit. Lewis was super smart to avoid contact so it was great to see these two great drivers.

“But don’t give it five seconds [penalty] or ? Go on. “

Red Bull boss Christian Horner saw it differently.

“These are two strong runners,” said Horner. “Lewis has a run on the outside, Max went in deep, they both went wide.

“It would have been really unfair to penalize on that. If it was the other way around I would have told my athletic director to moan about it but I really wouldn’t have expected anything from it. “

Martin Brundle’s verdict: does the new angle change anything?

Writing in his post-race column for Sky Sports, Brundle said: “Looking at the on-board footage, it confirms that Max braked very late and was slow and limited with his turn point, but at no point did he stop. ‘opened the steering wheel towards Lewis.

“It was totally at the limit and could easily have gone both ways with the stewards. It deserved at least a black and white warning flag on driving standards.

“Mercedes can always ask for a review from the Stewards, but these complaints rarely get a change in decision. Either way, Red Bull will say they drove at the end and so any five second penalty putting them behind Bottas would be unfair, Max would have just driven faster, to which Mercedes will say so Valtteri.

Hamilton and Verstappen: what they said about the incident

Lewis Hamilton says he feels overwhelmed after overcoming several setbacks to fight from 10th on the grid and claim a memorable victory in Brazil

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Lewis Hamilton says he feels overwhelmed after overcoming several setbacks to fight from 10th on the grid and claim a memorable victory in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton says he feels overwhelmed after overcoming several setbacks to fight from 10th on the grid and claim a memorable victory in Brazil

Max Verstappen admits he didn't have the pace to contain Lewis Hamilton, but insists he's not too disappointed with his second place finish

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Max Verstappen admits he didn’t have the pace to contain Lewis Hamilton, but insists he’s not too disappointed with his second place finish

Max Verstappen admits he didn’t have the pace to contain Lewis Hamilton, but insists he’s not too disappointed with his second place finish

What’s next in the decisive final weeks of the title race?

After three days of drama in Sao Paulo to conclude its series of races in the Americas, Formula 1 returns to the east this week and a new destination for sport in Qatar.

The Losail International Circuit, on the outskirts of Doha, has hosted other international motorsport events before, but never F1, and so is a whole new challenge for most of the drivers on the grid.

Verstappen leads Hamilton by a reduced margin of 14 points with 78 remaining this season, while Mercedes increased their constructors’ championship lead over Red Bull in Brazil to 11 points.

All seasons of Qatar are live only on Sky Sports F1, with the opening practice starting Friday at 10:30 a.m. and the race on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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