The FIA has rejected Red Bull’s request to review Lewis Hamilton’s 10-second penalty for his incident with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.
Earlier this week, Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s Team Advisor, had confirmed that the team had new evidence for the FIA review and that it would be revealed on Thursday.
It is mandated by the FIA that teams must bring forward new evidence that is significant and relevant to the incident. Red Bull’s evidence consisted of a series of slides that were created from GPS data of the Verstappen/Hamilton crash. There was also a visual analogy drawn to Hamilton‘s overtake on Charles Leclerc. In addition to this was a simulation-driven recreating the clash by their test driver, Alex Albon.
Unfortunately for Red Bull, FIA has deemed their evidence did not meet the criteria for “significant and relevant new element(s).” It was confirmed in a statement from the stewards which explained that the slides were not unseen nor ‘discovered’ as the rules stated.
“That what was presented to the Stewards was not “a significant and relevant new element [that was] discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned”.
“The slides in Appendix 2 of the Competitor’s letter that were relied upon as New Evidence were not “discovered” but created for the purposes of submissions to support the Petition for Review. And they were created based on evidence that was available to the Competitor at the time of the decision (namely the GPS data). That clearly does not satisfy the requirements of Article 14.”
The implications of this are that there will be no further consequences for Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes F1 also put forth a press release towards Red Bull stating: “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team welcomes the decision of the Stewards to reject Red Bull Racing’s right of review.
In addition to bringing this incident to a close, we hope that this decision will mark the end of a concerted attempt by the senior management of Red Bull Racing to tarnish the good name and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton, including in the documents submitted for their unsuccessful right of review.
We now look forward to going racing this weekend and to continuing our hard-fought competition in the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship. ”