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2021 F1

Full verdict released; FIA rejected Mercedes’ review request

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Formula 1 governing body FIA have rejected Mercedes’ request for a review of Max Verstappen’s driving during the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Mercedes and Red Bull F1 team representatives appeared on Thursday in Qatar for analysis, debates went on overnight before the decision was announced ahead of the second practice session on Friday.

The Competitor provided the Stewards with a letter dated 16 November 2021 with Appendices setting out its arguments in support of the Petition.

Pursuant to Art. 14 of the ISC, a petition for review must be filed against a Stewards’ decision and can only be granted if a Competitor successfully demonstrates “that a significant and relevant new element is discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned.” Provided that there is a Stewards’ decision, the four key points that the Competitor must demonstrate are that the new element must be (i) Significant, (ii) Relevant (iii) New; and (iv) Unavailable at the time to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned.

Here, the Competitor points, in particular, to the forward-facing onboard camera footage and the 360° onboard camera footage from Car 33 (the “Footage”), which had to be downloaded after the race as the elements supporting the request for a Right to Review hearing.

It is important to note that the following is not an affirmation or review of the Stewards determination made during the race, but rather is an assessment regarding whether the Right of Review exists.

“The Decision”

With respect to “Incidents during the race”, Art. 47.1 of the 2021 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations (the “SR”) states:

“The Race Director may report any on-track incident or suspected breach of these Sporting Regulations or the Code (an “Incident”) to the stewards. After review it shall be at the discretion of the stewards to decide whether or not to proceed with an investigation. The stewards may also investigate an Incident noted by themselves.” (emphasis added)

The stewards do not sit passively during a race and did not do so in this case. By the time the Race Director asked the Stewards for their view and stated that it was going to be “Noted” on the timing screens, they were already looking at the available footage. The subsequent discretionary decision of the Stewards not to proceed with a formal investigation is the motor racing equivalent of “Play-On” in other sports.

There will always be some angles of video footage, because of limits in both technology and bandwidth, that are unavailable at the time. Whether or not stewards’ decisions are considered to be right or wrong, and just as with referees’ decisions in soccer, it does not seem desirable to be able to review any or all such in-race discretionary decisions up to two weeks after the fact and the Stewards therefore seriously doubt that the intent of the Right of Review in the ISC is to enable competitors to seek a review of such discretionary decisions that do not follow on from a formal inquiry by the Stewards and do not result in a published document.

Despite the foregoing, Art. 47.1 of the SR applies to the present case as it explicitly states that it is up to “the stewards to decide whether or not to proceed with an investigation”, whereas Art. 14 of the ISC refers to “the decision concerned” (small d). As a result, the Stewards in this very specific case determine that the “Turn 4 incident involving cars 33 (Ver) and 44 (Ham): no investigation necessary” constitutes a decision. Having said that and taking the four above-mentioned key points of the Right of Review in reverse order, the Stewards hereby make the following assessment:

Unavailable

It is undeniable that the Footage was unavailable to the Competitor at the time of the Stewards’ Decision. Only a single channel of video from each car is available to the broadcaster and the Stewards at any given time and during the incident on Lap 48, the camera selected on Car 33 was the rear facing camera. This then means that it is also unavailable to the Competitor. While not available live, all the other cameras are recorded on-board the cars and are available for download post-race. This test is therefore met.

New

Many camera angles are not available live to the competitors but are to the Stewards. So, the Stewards considered whether footage that is simply not broadcast or not available to the competitors should be considered new. This is especially in light of the argument that this type of decision is the equivalent of “play on” in other sports.

The Competitor provided as an exhibit, Document 41 from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix where the onboard 360° camera in that case, which was unavailable to both the team and the Stewards at the time of the initial hearing, was subsequently available and considered “new” by the Stewards at the time.

The Stewards consider this case to be similar and thus determine the test to be met.

Relevant

The Competitor proposed that the Footage was relevant because it was the only footage that allowed the overall position of the cars, the steering inputs of the driver of Car 33, the heading of the cars and the proximity of the cars to be analysed together. While the Stewards often have to make a decision with a limited set of facts, it is true that in making their review, the front facing camera was one of the angles that the Stewards looked for. The Footage is a direct view of the incident, is not extraneous and is therefore, in the Stewards opinion Relevant.

Significant

Whether this Footage is “significant” is really a question of whether or not it is likely to change the initial decision of the stewards.

In the pertinent example brought forward by the Competitor from Austria in 2020, none of the footage available and viewed at the time of the decision, showed a yellow flag visible to the driver (Lewis Hamilton.) However, the new and previously unavailable 360° camera footage, which was downloaded the next day, clearly showed that the yellow flag was visible from the car and the driver was penalized for failing to slow down. In that case, the footage absolutely changed the decision of the stewards and was thus significant. During the hearing, the Competitor asked that if the Stewards were unconvinced of the significance of the Footage, to be given the opportunity to present its view in that respect. Following the initial part of the hearing, the Stewards gave the Competitor the opportunity to do so, there being precedent for this. The previously unavailable Footage was played, and the Competitor also presented the Footage in a side-by-side comparison with the previous lap.

As noted above, the Stewards often must make a decision quickly and on a limited set of information. At the time of the decision, the Stewards felt they had sufficient information to make a decision, which subsequently broadly aligned with the immediate post-race comments of both drivers involved. Had they felt that the forward-facing camera video from Car 33 was crucial in order to take a decision, they would simply have placed the incident under investigation – to be investigated after the race – and rendered a decision after this video was available. They saw no need to do so.

The Competitor’s position is that this new Footage provides sufficient information for the Stewards to come to an altogether different conclusion than they did previously. However, the Stewards determine that the Footage shows nothing exceptional that is particularly different from the other angles that were available to them at the time, or that particularly changes their decision that was based on the originally available footage. Unlike the 2020 Austria case, in the judgement of the Stewards, there is nothing in the Footage that fundamentally changes the facts. Nor even, does this show anything that wasn’t considered by the Stewards at the time. Thus, the Stewards determine that the Footage, here, is not “Significant.”

Conclusion

The Stewards find, in their sole discretion, that:

With the reservations raised above, the decision is subject to the Right of Review;

– That the Footage is New;
– That the Footage was Unavailable to the Competitor at the time of the decision subject to the petition for review;
– That the Footage is Relevant; but
– That the Footage is not Significant;
– The four key points required under Art. 14.1.1 are not met and the Stewards, therefore, deny the Competitor’s Right of Review.

Competitors are reminded that, in accordance with Art. 14.3 of the ISC, this decision is not subject to appeal.

2021 F1

Starting Grid: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton clinched Saudi Arabian Grand Prix pole, as the championship leader Max Verstappen crashed at the Jeddah track’s final turn when on the way to beat his nearest rival Hamilton.

Row Driver Time      Driver Time
Row 11. Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1’27.511
2. Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1’27.622
Row 23. Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1’27.653
4. Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1’28.054
Row 35. Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1’28.123
6. Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1’28.125
Row 47. Lando Norris
McLaren
1’28.180
8. Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1’28.442
Row 59. Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1’28.647
10. Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo
1’28.754
Row 611. Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1’28.668
12. Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo
1’28.885
Row 713. Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1’28.920
14. George Russell
Williams
1’29.054
Row 815. Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1’53.652
16. Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1’29.177
Row 917. Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1’29.198
18. Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1’29.368
Row 10 19. Mick Schumacher
Haas
1’29.464
20. Nikita Mazepin
1’30.473

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2021 F1

Deadline expired for Red Bull appeal; Hamilton reprimanded; Mercedes fined

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Lewis Hamilton 2021 Formula 1 Saudi Grand Prix

During the Saturday third free practice session witnessed number of dramatic situations at Jeddah corniche circuit for inaugural Said Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton was involved all three different incidents during the final practice session. Initially he breached double waved yellow flag, but the post-session investigation declared no further action for alleged failure to respect double waved yellows and the governing body confirms marshalling System was activated at Light Panel Number 6 accidentally.

Second and third incident was – the Brit impended AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and also Nikita Mazepin‘s Haas. After a flying lap Hamilton slowing down his Mercedes on the turn one as the Frenchman quickly came up behind the Mercedes champ, but Gasly immediately move outside the track. On the same lap seven-time world champion impended flyer Mazepin on the blind Turn 8 racing line and the Haas rookie luckily escaped from huge crash incident.

The incident with Mazepin was more significant – regarding this incident FIA verdict confirms Hamilton handed a reprimand, but also imposed a €25,000 fine on Mercedes, stressing the importance of communicating traffic information on Jeddah’s narrow and blind lay-out.

The verdict read: “The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 44 (Lewis Hamilton), the team representative and have reviewed video and the marshalling system.

“The Race Director reported to the Stewards that the double yellow flag warning on the FIA Marshalling System was activated at Light Panel Number 6 accidentally, for less than one second. As the on-board video of Car 44 (to be released by the Commercial Rights Holder following this decision) clearly shows, there was no yellow flag displayed, no yellow lights were displayed to that driver and the yellow warning light was not visible on the driver’s steering wheel.

“Unlike other incidents this year, there was no yellow flag or yellow light displayed to the driver (the driver already being well into the marshalling sector when the system was briefly activated) hence no breach of the regulations has occurred.”

Hamilton was also summoned for an alleged yellow flag breach but was cleared after the stewards found the system was activated accidentally.

“The Race Director reported to the Stewards that the double yellow flag warning on the FIA Marshalling System was activated at Light Panel Number 6 accidentally, for less than 1 second,” a separate bulletin from the FIA read.

“As the on-board video of Car 44 (to be released by the Commercial Rights Holder following this Decision) clearly shows, there was no yellow flag displayed, no yellow lights were displayed to that driver and the yellow warning light was not visible on the driver’s steering wheel.”

“We’ll have a good look at it,” he said before the deadline.

“It feels a little inconsistent with what we’ve seen two weeks ago, so we have the right to an appeal.

“We’ll have a look at the information, we haven’t looked at it that closely.

“These decisions are so late, the team management and the team have to focus on qualifying, so we’ll have a look and see if there’s anything that’s untoward.

“The one thing we desperately want is consistency.”

Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko even went as far as to say that the team had lodged an appeal.

He told Servus TV: “Max gets five grid positions in Qatar, and here suddenly yellow is no longer yellow. There’s another interpretation, and it can’t go on like this: to interpret it in such an arbitrary way.

“It was a yellow flag, a clear yellow on the display. The team should have at least given a warning.

“We appealed, but now we have some other worries. We are following it up.”

The FIA has confirmed Red Bull did not appeal the decision on Hamilton’s yellow flag practice incident at Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, despite the team hinting it might. Which means Hamilton will face no fresh scrutiny over the matter.

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Horner: Verstappen Jeddah crash a great shame

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Lewis Hamilton made provisional pole for Mercedes in his second attempt, his title rival Max Verstappen clocked quickest time in his final attempt in the first two sector, and he was pushing hard in every moment, but the Dutch locked up heading into the final turn and collided with the wall.

Red Bull’s squads had yet to fully assess the damage, but Red Bull spokesperson said the team would not take any risks and replace the gearbox if there’s a doubt of any damage.

“That was looking like the lap of the year. It’s a great shame, he just grabbed the front into the last corner, he tried to keep the momentum… and unfortunately he run out of road.” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports.

“It’s pretty brutal. Let’s hope the gearbox isn’t broken.”

“He’ll be frustrated, I’m sure. He knows what a good lap it was. He just needs to put that behind him. He knows what can still happen in the race.”

“It was a mighty mighty lap. We’re in the back foot here and he was pulling something very special out the bag. ”

“Hopefully it’s not a gearbox penalty because that would be especially brutal.” Horner added.

Yeah, it’s of course terrible – Verstappen. The Dutchman will start Sunday’s race from third behind the Mercedes duo Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. If the crash has damaged Max’s gearbox, he would drop him five places down the order.

“Yeah, it’s of course terrible,” Verstappen said after the qualifying session. “But that was generally a good qualifying.

“It was a bit hard of course to switch on the tyres here on the street circuit, but I knew the pace was there and it showed in the last segment.

“I don’t really understand what happened, but I locked up and I still tried to of course keep the car on the track, try to finish the lap but I clipped the rear and had to stop.

“P3 is a bit disappointing of course today, knowing what lap I was on. Nevertheless, it shows that the car is quick and let’s see what we can do in the race.”

On the chance of a penalty, Verstappen said: “I don’t know. I immediately stopped, so let’s see.”

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
HamiltonMercedes343.5
VerstappenRed Bull351.5
NorrisMcLaren153
LeclercFerrari152
BottasMercedes203
Sainz Jr.Ferrari145.5
GaslyAlphaTauri92
PérezRed Bull190
AlonsoAlpine77
RicciardoMcLaren105

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