These days the world of Formula 1 is focused on the choice – unusual but not unprecedented – of Red Bull to make appeal in reference to the penalty imposed by the race management on Lewis Hamilton during the last British GP. According to the Milton Keynes team, the ten seconds with which the seven-time world champion was punished at Silverstone for his incident with Max Verstappen, are not enough. However, to be accepted, the claim of the Austrian team will have to to introduce “New elements”, which Horner and Marko’s team is unlikely to be able to provide.
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In recent times it is rare that complaints of this type are accepted and lead to a revision of the original sanction. In 2019 the appeal of Ferrari for the five second penalty assigned to Sebastian Vettel in Canada he was in fact rejected. In the past, however, it has happened that an appeal even led to a tightening of the pento. A precedent in this sense is the one dating back to 1994, in the Brazilian GP. Curiously, the father of Max Verstappen, Jos, a young talent from Benetton at the time.
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During the Interlagos race, during the 34th lap, Eddie Irvine – on Jordan – he was fighting for position with the Dutchman. The two were preceded by Martin Brundle’s McLaren and above all by Eric Bernard’s Ligier. Irvine suddenly swerved to the left to overtake Bernard, but pushed Verstappen onto the grass, who lost control of his Benetton. The B194 hit the other three single-seaters in full, causing an extremely dangerous maxi accident and overturning several times in the air. Irivne, clearly responsible for the ‘strike’, was initially sanctioned by the commissioners with a disqualification match and a $ 10,000 fine. The pilot, together with his team, then resorted to reducing the penalty. However, the appeal was rejected by the FIA, which actually tightened the sanction bringing the disqualification races for the future Ferrari from one to three.
Spectacular incident involving Éric Bernard (Ligier), Eddie Irvine (Jordan), Jos Verstappen (Benetton) & Martin Brundle (McLaren), during the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
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