While the FIA results were still awaited, Toto Wolff and Christian Horner sat side by side in a press conference. Even before the verdict came out, Horner informed RacingNews365, among others, that he was not surprised by Mercedes’ requesting a ‘right to review’.
“With a right to appeal, as we experienced at Silverstone, we felt there were strong conditions to look at,” the Red Bull team bass said. “If you look at those consequences, for example. A breakdown, a wrecked car and a lost power source. Then the biggest questions are: is the new evidence and are the circumstances relevant or significant?”
In the case of the incident between Verstappen and Hamilton in Brazil, Horner does not think so. “This was definitely not the case here. There was more than enough CCTV footage for the stewards to make a decision. I would have been disappointed if it turned into another case, but it’s especially frustrating that it’s taking so long. started yesterday, why is it taking so long?”
FIA result came during press conference
However, the FIA did not wait much longer with the final verdict. No review of the situation was necessary, the motorsport safety body ruled. Verstappen will not receive a time or grid penalty as a result and the case is closed. Wolff and Horner were confronted with the outcome of the case during the press conference.
“I think this is clearly the right choice,” Horner said. According to the team boss of Verstappen, a different outcome would cast many question marks over numerous other incidents during the Brazilian GP. “If you grant that request, you set a very dangerous precedent as a sport.”
“The most important thing for now is to put the focus back on the Grand Prix because it’s great to be here in Qatar. It’s going to be a good track and we want this clean going to do. We are not only fighting here, but also in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi,” the team boss concluded.