Mercedes staff chief Toto Wolff stated “diplomacy” had ended as he demanded on Tuesday a assessment of an incident from final weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix when Red Bull’s Max Verstappen appeared to power Lewis Hamilton off the observe.
Mercedes are satisfied that Verstappen, then main the race, defended too aggressively on a nook throughout the 48th lap as title rival Hamilton was trying to overhaul him.
The defending champion Hamilton was pushed off the observe however stewards determined on the time to take no motion towards the Dutchman.
“I’ve always been very diplomatic in how I discuss things. But diplomacy has ended today,” stated Wolff.
Mercedes now imagine they’ve contemporary, incriminating proof within the form of footage from on board Verstappen’s automobile, which can counsel a voluntary swerve from the motive force.
Wolff complained the absence of any punishment for Verstappen was unfair, particularly in mild of the penalty handed out to Hamilton earlier within the weekend.
The seven-time world champion was disqualified from qualifying and relegated to the again of the grid after stewards upheld a Red Bull criticism his DRS system (the flap mounted on the rear wing of the automobile which opens to achieve prime pace) exceeded allowed limits.
“We’ve just had many, many punches in the face this weekend with decisions that could have swung either side, against us or for us,” stated Wolff.
“When always the decisions swing against you, it’s just something that I’m just angry about.”
Hamilton ultimately received the race at Interlagos in considered one of his best drives after ranging from 10th on the grid.
Championship chief Verstappen was second, simply forward of Valtteri Bottas within the second Mercedes, and with three races of the season remaining holds a slim 14-point lead.