Its decision was based around the Stewards’ insistence on the fact that this new evidence wouldn’t cause them to reconsider their decision to look at the incident as one of the F1’s “let the race begin’ principle implies that Mercedes demand for the ruling to not examine the aggressive defence of Verstappen review will not go further.
Mercedes took the decision to submit an appeal to convince the Interlagos Stewards to examine the incident that occurred at the turn 4 left-hander in the closing phases of the race that Hamilton was able to win by a second-place finish at the same corner. The appeal occurred after the stewards were possible to view the footage of the forward-facing camera onboard Verstappen’s car for only the first time.
In the course, it footage was inaccessible to the stewards who, as the FIA document that announced that Mercedes the right to review was rejected stated were “already reviewing the footage available” as “the race director [Michael Massirequested their views and said they were going to be “Noted,” on screen for timing”.
This is one of the main aspects of the reason Mercedes’ request for a right of review was rejected, as the stewards – not Masi determined that the need wasn’t to conduct an investigation into the move of Verstappen and speedy return to the inside line to the left side of Hamilton’s Mercedes in the vicinity of the turn 4 apex and they made a “discretionary decision”.The Stewards stated that this decision is “the motor-racing equivalent to “Play-On” when it comes to other sport” and concluded that, even though more footage could be made accessible at a later date “just as referees making decisions on soccer matches, it doesn’t seem appropriate to be able to review all or any of these race-related discretionary decisions for within two weeks of the event”.
They further stated: “The stewards therefore seriously doubt the purpose of”The Right of Review in the International Sporting Code is to permit athletes to request an appeal of these individual decisions that do not take place following a formal inquiry by the Stewards and are not reflected in a document that is published.”
In essence, they were the Sao Paulo Stewards (including Tim Mayer, Matteo Perini Vitantonio Luzzi (driver Steward) as well as Roberto Pupo Moreno, who were granted the right to review hearings via video conference, have stated that a “let them race’ decision is a decision that is discretionary and can’t be examined.
The reason for this was, as they explained in light of the words of Article 14 of the ISC that reads “the decision was a concern” which they must come to according to Article. 47.1 of F1’s sports rules that states “it is up to the Stewards’ decision to determine on whether to pursue an investigation” as per the FIA document.
When Mercedes was insisting that the decision not to initiate an investigation must be analyzed and the stewards stated that “in this case in particular, they decide that the ‘Turn4 incident involving the cars 33 (Ver) and 44 (Ham) and 44 (Ham): no investigation required’ is an official decision”.