Red Bull has decided to leave no stone unturned following the accident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton during the first lap of the British Grand Prix. The commissioners – including Emanuele Pirro – have decided to sanction the Mercedes driver with a ten-second penalty, a penalty that is not the lightest among the range available. The seven-time world champion nevertheless won the British Grand Prix in comeback after serving the penalty at the pit stop and Red Bull has decided to file an appeal to obtain the right to review a penalty that in the eyes of the team by Milton Keynes is not congruent.
Racing and appeals
Helmut Marko’s thesis according to which the penalty was insufficient given that Lewis Hamilton still won the race is obviously not sufficient to corroborate an appeal that, using GPS data, has the aim of demonstrating that Lewis Hamilton intentionally hit Max Verstappen, which, according to Red Bull’s thesis, would have left sufficient space for Copse to be able to continue competing side by side without incurring a contact. The famous “respect” invoked by Hamilton according to the team led by Christian Horner there would be everything from Verstappen, while Hamilton knowingly – according to Red Bull – forced his hand.
Red Bull: GPS data to show Hamilton’s intent
History teaches that it is very difficult for the FIA and the commissioners to retrace their steps and it is also unlikely that a further sanction will be imposed on Hamilton to be served in Hungary, perhaps on the starting grid at the level of retreating a few positions. According to what the newspaper pointed out The-Race.com Through this appeal, Red Bull is certainly protecting its treasure, Max Verstappen, to the maximum, not letting the Dutch driver lack the slightest support but, on the contrary, standing up as a champion of his race conduct during the first lap of the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
Red Bull complaint: little chance of success
The aim of obtaining at least one is also not to be excluded ‘Discount‘in terms of costs to be budgeted in the budget cap, perhaps with the permission to introduce a completely new power unit without this entailing a penalty on the starting grid. This terrain, however, is completely unexplored and would open a dangerous precedent given that while it is true that Max Verstappen and Red Bull are not at fault for having suddenly found themselves with 1.8 million dollars (or 1.5 million euros) of damage to do. front it is also true that as pointed out by Michael Masi “The commissioners judge the accident, not the consequences”. Certainly the Anglo-Austrian team could definitely antagonize the FIA by going all the way to the question through this appeal.
Red Bull appeal, Marko: “Anything is possible”
In this respect, all the precedents that have arisen this season in the triangular tug-of-war between the Federation, Red Bull and Mercedes should not be forgotten. The latter has obtained in the form of technical directives a crackdown on the flexible rear wings, while the request for clarification from Red Bull on the flexibility of the front wings is still awaiting a response. The appeal that will be analyzed today at 16, therefore, is nothing more than another move of one long game of chess destined to last a long time in the second half of the season, probably even up to Abu Dhabi, with no holds barred on and off the track.