F1 drivers back Verstappen before Thursday hearing

Formula 1’s governing body will hear Mercedes’ arguments about a ‘right of review’ to challenge Max Verstappen’s lack of penalty for his turn 4 move in Brazil. A video hearing has been scheduled for Thursday 5pm in Qatar, with the Red Bull driver’s newly-surfaced on-board video footage of his controversial defensive move against championship leader Lewis Hamilton as the centrepiece. “Of course there was no need to punish anyone for that (move),” former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov said. He said Verstappen’s was the “classic ‘ease off the brake pedal and gently understeer wide’ move”. “Every good racing driver on the planet would have done the same,” said the Indian.

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