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In an unusual move, the Austrian Grand Prix stewards will re-investigate the last lap crash between Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa at the last race in Canada.
The Canadian stewards ruled Perez was at fault and handed him a five-place grid penalty for the coming race. Massa escaped without blame.
But Force India requested a new hearing, saying they have new evidence to present.
The FIA International Sporting Code (Article 13.10.1 (pdf)) makes allowances for stewards' decisions to be reviewed if a "new element" is discovered which may impact on the decision. It states:
If, in Competitions forming part of an FIA Championship, cup, trophy, challenge or series, a new element is discovered, whether or not the stewards have already given a ruling, these stewards or, failing this, those designated by the FIA, must meet on a date agreed amongst themselves, summoning the party or parties concerned to hear any relevant explanations and to judge in the light of the facts and elements brought before them.
Perez was not spoken to by the Canadian stewards because he was still undergoing checks in hospital after the crash. Force India believed his evidence constitutes a "new element" under this article.
The stewards agreed at a meeting during first practice, so a second hearing will take place at 4 p.m. local time (3 p.m. BST) on Friday. They have the power to overrule the original verdict and come to one of their own, or alter the penalties imposed.
But Massa is adamant the clash was all down to Perez. He was quoted by Autosport on Thursday as saying:
If I made a mistake I would be the first one to say 'it was my mistake and I'm sorry', like I always did when I made a mistake.
People don't think in the same way, so I'm sorry for him and I hope he learns. Otherwise, he'll pay more penalties in the future.
I was very disappointed with him in the hospital. I said that it was dangerous and that he needs to learn, but he just turned and left.
The outcome of the review should be known late on Friday.