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Red Bull F1 team requests revision of Lewis Hamilton’s penalty and comes up with ‘new evidence’

Lewis Hamilton
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For the past week and a half, Red Bull has said it was considering officially requesting a review of Lewis Hamilton’s penalty he received for his collision with Max Verstappen at the British GP. Today it was announced that the Red Bull F1 team has actually submitted an official request to have the incident reviewed by the stewards.

During the first round of the British GP, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided in ‘Copse Corner’. Verstappen was tapped by Hamilton and the Dutchman crashed very heavily into the tire wall. Giving up for Verstappen while Hamilton was able to continue racing.

The crash in question had serious consequences for the title fight. Not only did Verstappen lose a lot of valuable points, his Red Bull F1 car was also almost completely written off, a cost of about 1.8 million dollars. During a season in which there was a budget ceiling of 145 million dollars for the first time in F1 The crash could have consequences not only for this season but also for the development of the car for next season.

As far as the consequences for this season are concerned, according to Red Bull, Lewis Hamilton was penalized too limited because Hamilton was given a time penalty of ‘only’ ten seconds and he still managed to win the race and score a lot of important World Cup points. At Red Bull they don’t think this is possible and it proves to them that the penalty for Hamilton was much too light.

With so-called ‘new evidence’, Red Bull is filing an official application for a review of the penalty.

“In accordance with Article 14 of the Sporting Regulations and following the official request of Red Bull Racing Honda on July 23, the team manager and the witnesses requested by the team must report to a video conference on Thursday, July 29 at 4 pm.”

Only if there is actually conclusive new evidence can a possible revision of Lewis Hamilton’s punishment follow. Red Bull will undoubtedly wish this, because in that way it could possibly further widen the gap in the World Cup standings between Hamilton and Verstappen. After the British GP, this was reduced from a comfortable 32 points to just 8 points ahead of Verstappen.

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