FIA rejects Red Bull request to review Hamilton penalty


Red Bull's request for a review of the penalty levied upon Lewis Hamilton for causing a collision with Max Verstappen in the British Grand Prix has been dismissed by the FIA stewards.

Red Bull petitioned the stewards' sanction against the Mercedes driver, as the team considered that the 10-second penalty handed to Hamilton was too lenient.

To support their case, Red Bull presented to the FIA in Hungary on Thursday several slides and GPS data of the contentious Verstappen/Hamilton crash, but also information linked to a re-enactment conducted by Red Bull reserve driver Alex Albon in the week following the race.

Red Bull's conclusions stated that Verstappen had left sufficient room for Hamilton, whose car was positioned on the inside of Copse corner, to adapt to the situation and that the Mercedes driver should have braked much earlier than he did to successfully negotiate the corner.

However, the FIA was unimpressed with the evidence which the officials found was neither "significant" or "relevant", and ultimately rejected Red Bull's request for a review of the stewards' decision.

"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," stated the FIA.

"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 FIA's rejection of Red Bull's evidence implies that its initiative has reached a dead end, with Hamilton's 10-second penalty now firm and definitive.

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