It ended as we expected: the British GP’s college of stewards decided not to change the penalty that had been imposed on Lewis Hamilton for being the predominant culprit in the Copse corner accident during the first lap with Max Verstappen.
Red Bull, which resorted to Article 14 of the International Sporting Code to request a review request, failed to bring new and significant evidence to convince first instance judges to issue a new ruling that would increase the penalty of seven times world champion.
Just as it had already happened at the 2019 Canadian GP, when Ferrari hoped to change the verdict that punished Sebastian Vettel for closing Lewis Hamilton after a chicane cut, the “ritual” that led to nothing. is repeated this afternoon and, probably, this judgment will definitively put an end to those who want to use this legislative instrument in the hope of changing a judgment expressed by the sports commissioners’ panel.
The availability of unequivocal evidence (TV footage, telemetry, testimonies) in near real time makes it difficult if not impossible to find new elements useful to change the cards on the table: Red Bull has brought GPS data to support Hamilton’s guilt, but yes it dealt with elements already available to the stewards and, therefore, they did not make text.
Red Bull, which could defend itself with the team manager, Jonathan Wheatley, and two witnesses (Christian Horner and Ben Waterhouse), did not call Max Verstappen, preferring to keep him out of the hearing that took place via video conference. Defense Mercedes has lined up sporting director Ron Meadows and engineers Andrew Shovlin and James Vowles.
Milton Keynes’s team hoped to aggravate Lewis Hamilton’s position by trying to demonstrate the British driver’s intentionality in the maneuver that caused the crash.
For Helmut Marko the expectation was a disqualification of a race for the Mercedes driver, but the arguments brought to support this thesis were not supported by facts that allowed to modify the opinion already expressed by Nish Shetty, Dennis Dean, Loic Bacquelaine, Eric Cowcill and our Emanuele Pirro.
From tomorrow we will be back on track for free practice for the Hungarian GP trying to erase the dross of the last two weeks that have certainly overheated the climate between the two contenders in the F1 world championship. Verstappen maintains an eight-point lead in the drivers ‘standings, while Red Bull remains four in the Constructors’ standings.
The lawyers have finished their work: each played his part in a comedy so that nothing would change. The word returns to the track as it should be. And may the best win …