Max Verstappen says Mercedes’ request to review his fight with Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix did not come as a surprise to him, but he is expecting no penalty.
Mercedes has requested a scrutiny right from the FIA, which was heard by the Stewards in Qatar on Thursday, to prove that there is new evidence that was not available at the time of the decision on Sunday. On-board footage was released on Tuesday showing Verstappen’s steering input during lap 48 of the fight that saw both drivers stray off the track, and the Red Bull driver says an appeal is not unexpected.
“Uh … no, that doesn’t really surprise me,” said Verstappen. “But that’s how it works.
“I think it’s quite normal when it’s between two teams instead of just one team with two drivers. I just have to concentrate on what’s happening on the track and the rest will be done. “
Verstappen says he didn’t check the additional footage himself.
“I didn’t have to watch the footage because I was driving the car, so I know exactly what happened! Like I said last time, I thought it was a great fight and I had a lot of fun out there too. At the end of the day they won the race fair enough – they were faster than us, but I thought it was a good fight.
“I think we as drivers know exactly what we can and cannot do in the car. We fought hard, braked late into the corner, the tires were worn out, and if I had made a more abrupt left turn, you would have just got off the track. That’s why we are the drivers and try to control the car. “
Faced with the prospect of a retrospective penalty, Verstappen insists he is not preoccupied with the potential of what could happen, but he does not expect to be punished.
“To be honest, I don’t even think about it. And even if, if – I mean, it’s not the end of the world, but I don’t expect that (a penalty) to happen either because I thought it was a fair and tough race between the two guys who were going for the Championship fight. So it wouldn’t have been an easy pass anyway because I’m not like that and I don’t think what it should be like when you’re fighting for a title. “