Stewards confirm that Perez/Massa case is reopened

The Austrian GP stewards have confirmed that they will take another look at the Canadian GP clash between Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa after Force India presented new evidence this morning.

In essence they acknowledged that Perez was not able to defend himself as he was taken to hospital after the accident, and thus his views were not heard. A new hearing will take place at 4pm today.

The stewards said that the new elements provided by Force India were “the verbal testimony of its driver and the relevant telemetry.” The team pointed out that it had not had any contact with Perez prior to the orginal hearing, which was attended only by team representatives.

The stewards added: “…these are exceptional circumstances, namely where the driver was taken to hospital and unable to communicate with his team or attend the hearing, and this determination is not to be considered a precedent.”

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