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Japanese GP: Mercedes lodge protest against Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen for aggressive move

Suzuka: Mercedes lodged a protest against Red Bull's Max Verstappen after an aggressive move that prevented Lewis Hamilton from snatching second place at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

However, Formula One's governing FIA said its investigation into the incident will not take place until the next race in Austin, Texas in two weeks. Both teams have agreed to the ruling.

File photo of Max Verstappen. AFP

File photo of Max Verstappen. AFP

Verstappen went on to take second behind the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and in front of Hamilton at Suzuka.

Hamilton clawed his way back through the field after a horror start left him in eighth place and was swarming over the back of Verstappen's Red Bull in the closing stages.

But when the triple world champion tried to duck around the Dutch teenager approaching the chicane, he slammed the door by blocking off the inside, forcing the Mercedes to take evasive action.

Hamilton claimed Verstappen had moved in the braking zone, but the Briton refused to elaborate after the race.

Stewards met after the race but agreed the incident could not be resolved until the F1 paddock sets up at Austin as Hamilton and Verstappen were unable to attend.

"After hearing initial comments by representatives of Mercedes, the stewards decided that in order to ensure fairness and afford both drivers the opportunity to be heard, the matter should be deferred," the FIA said in a statement.

"In accordance with article 11.9.2.s of the International Sporting Code, the stewards delegate their authority to the stewards of the 2016 United States Formula 1 Grand Prix.

"Both team representatives agreed to this."


Updated Date: Oct 09, 2016 17:02 PM

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