Hungarian Grand Prix – Hamilton accident – Verstappen at Silverstone: Red Bull penalty request rejected

Hungarian Grand Prix – Hamilton accident – Verstappen at Silverstone: Red Bull penalty request rejected
Hungarian Grand Prix – Hamilton accident – Verstappen at Silverstone: Red Bull penalty request rejected

The accident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will be a milestone in their rivalry. But behind the scenes, it is now a thing of the past. Formula 1 announced Thursday evening that it had rejected Red Bull’s request for review regarding the ten-second penalty imposed on Lewis Hamilton, after the collision with Max Verstappen at the very start of the second round of the British Grand Prix there at ten days. This collision had led Verstappen into the wall and abandonment. Hamilton had finally won after a chase with Charles Leclerc.

Furious at this maneuver, Red Bull had prepared a file and sent an official request to the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Friday July 23. Received favorably by the body, because the international code of the FIA ​​authorizes such a request in the event of new evidence being provided, the latter had led the two teams to be reunited by videoconference from the Hungaroring circuit on Thursday, on the eve of the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

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Obviously, the argument given by Red Bull did not convince the Formula 1 commissioners. It did not in any case receive official approval as “a significant and relevant new element”, as demanded by article 14 of the FIA ​​regulations.

The dossier presented by Red Bull was built on four fundamental points: the GPS data of the two cars of Hamilton and Verstappen, the GPS data of the overtaking of Hamilton on Leclerc at the end of the race in the same turn of Copse, simulations of the incident made in a simulator, and a real reconstruction of the maneuver.

It is the third Red Bull driver, Alexander Albon, who changed to Lewis Hamilton on behalf of his team. F1 said Red Bull did a day of filming at Silverstone on July 22. According to the commissioners, certain documents in this file were “created” in order to have a request for review and not been “discovered” after the fact.

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All this was not enough to further sanction the Briton and deprive him a posteriori of his 99th victory in F1. If the file is closed on the side of the officials, the war of words continued Thursday, with a strong reaction from Mercedes to this request rejected by the competing team.

In addition to bringing this incident to a close, we hope this decision will mark the end of a concerted attempt by Red Bull Racing management to tarnish Lewis Hamilton’s name and sporting integrity, including in the documents submitted for their petition. unsuccessfulMercedes wrote in a statement.

The quarrel promises to continue on the track at the Hungaroring between the top two in the championship, who also set the scene with spades at press conferences on Thursday.

(With AFP)

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