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‘Lawyer’s Perspective’ Revealed On Lewis Hamilton V Max Verstappen Drama

James Hilsum

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‘Lawyer’s Perspective’ Revealed On Lewis Hamilton V Max Verstappen Drama

Max Verstappen claimed his first Formula 1 world title in hugely controversial circumstances at the Abu Dhabi grand prix on Sunday.

Hamilton looked to be in total control and on course to secure victory in the race and a record-breaking eighth world title, before the safety car came in and changed the course of the outcome.

The race was paused, as Verstappen was allowed to re-start with fresh tyres, while Hamilton was left trailing his wake with old ones.

Mercedes subsequently appealed to the FIA, but the stewards rejected those claims made by Hamilton's team and the result stood after several hours of tension.

But the matter does not seem to be over yet, with the Silver Arrows claiming that they will still appeal the stewards' decision.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed how racing driver Bradley Philpot got involved in the debate by offering a 'lawyer's perspective' on the result.

This detailed summary of what happened goes against every point of Red Bull's defence for a Verstappen victory, meaning the Dutchman could have been celebrating prematurely after all.

Philpot gave further hope to Mercedes by overturning the result, and tweeted in addition to this earlier thread: "Based on conversations I've had today with lawyers to whom the regulations in question are not complex, the FIA are going to be absolutely taken to pieces in a real court where they can't simply find themselves not guilty.

"The response from the stewards won't hold up."

It will be fascinating to see how this messy matter is settled, and let's hope that the conclusion reached is the correct one.

Whatever happens, the drama of yesterday's pulsating end to the season looks set to rumble on for a while yet.

Topics: Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1, Max Verstappen

James Hilsum
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