The FIA has rejected Red Bull’s call for harsher penalties in the wake of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton’s controversial victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
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HUNGARY’S BUDAPEST — Red Bull’s effort to persuade the FIA’s stewards to punish Lewis Hamilton more severely for colliding with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix was denied.
On July 18, Hamilton was judged to be the primary cause of the accident and received a ten-second time penalty and two points on his superlicense for causing a collision. Despite the penalty, Hamilton won the race by almost three seconds over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, while Verstappen’s run ended with him colliding with the crash barriers.
After the race, Red Bull said that Hamilton’s punishment was too mild in light of the circumstances, and on Friday, it filed a petition with the stewards to have the judgment overturned.
The FIA invited representatives from Mercedes and Red Bull to an online hearing ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix to review any new evidence brought forward by Red Bull. However, the stewards had to be persuaded that Red Bull had provided fresh evidence that was “substantial and relevant” to the event, “found (as opposed to manufactured)” and “unavailable at the time of the judgment” in order for the decision to be reviewed.
During a private filming day at Silverstone on July 22, Red Bull tried what the stewards termed “a re-enactment” of Hamilton’s placement on the circuit, with reserve driver Alexander Albon at the wheel of a two-year-old vehicle. The re-enactment attempted to demonstrate that Hamilton’s path was in some manner riskier than the stewards had considered in their initial judgment.
The data from the filming day, as well as computer simulations of potential lines through the corner and comparisons between the GPS tracking of Hamilton’s move on Verstappen on lap one of the British Grand Prix and his successful overtake without contact on Charles Leclerc at the same corner on lap 50, were submitted as “new” evidence.
Lewis Hamilton’s victory at Silverstone reduced Max Verstappen’s championship lead from 33 to eight points. Getty Images/Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1
The stewards, however, concluded that “a) what was provided to the stewards was not’a substantial and important new element… which was inaccessible to the parties requesting the review at the time of the judgment concerned’ after examining the papers supplied by Red Bull.”
Furthermore, “a) the slides… cited as New Evidence were not ‘found,’ but rather produced for the purpose of supporting the petition for review submissions. And they were based on information that was available to the Competitor at the time the decision was made (namely the GPS data). That obviously does not meet Article 14’s standards.”
As a consequence, Red Bull’s request to have the ten-second penalty reviewed was denied.
In their report, the stewards said that Red Bull had made “some accusations” that were “quite concerning,” but did not elaborate.
“The stewards take notice of some accusations stated in the competitor’s aforesaid letter with considerable concern. If the petition for review had been granted, such accusations may or might not have been relevant to the stewards.
“In any subsequent judgment, the stewards may have explicitly addressed these accusations. The stewards make no comment on the accusations since the petition was rejected.”
In reaction to the stewards’ ruling, Mercedes released the following statement: “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team appreciates the stewards’ decision to deny Red Bull Racing’s right to review.”
“In addition to putting a stop to this event, we hope that this judgment will signal the end of a deliberate effort by Red Bull Racing’s senior management to smear Lewis Hamilton’s good reputation and sports integrity, including in the papers filed for their failed right of review.”
“Now we look forward to racing this weekend and continuing our hard-fought race for the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2021.”
The next round of the Formula One season is this weekend in Hungary, and it will be shown live on ESPN on August 1 at 8.55 a.m. (ET).
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