Red Bull reportedly taps lawyer to probe Silverstone crash


Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko is reportedly determined to bring in a legal eagle to probe the FIA stewards' handling of the crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty by the stewards for causing a collision when the two drivers clashed at Copse corner on the opening lap of last Sunday's race.

But the sanction didn't prevent the Mercedes driver from winning the race.

However, the Red Bull camp was unhappy with the stewards' decision, with Marko calling for an outright race ban on Hamilton in light of the Briton's "dangerous" move that sent Verstappen into the barriers.

"He [the lawyer] should check what you could do in such a situation within the framework of the sporting rules," Marko is quoted by Austria's Kronen Zeitung

"It was very lucky that nothing serious happened to Max, the car, and probably the engine too, is broken. You can't let that sit on you."


Regardless of the outcome of Red Bull's potential legal procedure, Marko believes a revision of the sporting rules and the stewards' system regarding in-race sanctions is in order, with harsher penalties to be considered.

"A suspension would be justified," Marko added. "But maybe the regulations are also to blame for being relatively restricted.

"The rules should be revised, including the stewards system. Perez got five seconds twice in Austria because there was marginal contact without anyone flying off.

"You could have given a drive-thru penalty plus ten seconds to Hamilton. But they didn't do that either.

"Max was on his line. Where Hamilton was he had to lift off the throttle. You cannot hit your opponent on the rear wheel in one of the fastest corners, the lightest touch has fatal consequences.

"So, an irresponsible action. Hamilton needs to know what the consequences are."

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