Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in a collision at the British Grand Prix, which led to Max crashing into the barrier, while Lewis received a 10-second penalty and two penalty points on his superlicence.
Although many Formula 1 personalities called it a racing incident and said Lewis shouldn’t have been punished, Red Bull thinks otherwise.
Ever since the collision happened, Red Bull has been threatening to request a review of the incident and Lewis’ penalty, which they feel should have been much harsher.
Well, now the FIA has confirmed that Red Bull lodged an official request for a review, in accordance with its International Sporting Code (ISC).
The FIA has called a video conference hearing for 4pm CEST on Thursday, at the beginning of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
Red Bull will be able to send three representatives to the hearing, while a Mercedes representative is required to attend.
The request is technically not an appeal, but actually a call for review under Article 14 of the FIA’s ISC that allows cases to be reviewed if there is new evidence found.
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“If, in Competitions forming part of an FIA Championship, cup, trophy, challenge or series, or of an international series, a significant and relevant new element is discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned, the stewards who have given a ruling or, failing this, those designated by the FIA, may decide to re-examine their decision following a petition for review…,” reads the Article in question.
In short, Red Bull will be asked to provide this “significant and relevant new element” for the review to go forward.
Motorsport.com reports that it is unlikely that this “new element” will be in the form of video footage or telemetry data, as the stewards already had all of that while making the original verdict.
However, Red Bull could offer a witness statement from Max Verstappen, because he was not available at the time due to being at the hospital.
You might remember that in 2019 Ferrari asked for a review of the penalty Sebastian Vettel received for pushing Lewis Hamilton off the track in Canada.
One of the “significant and relevant” new elements that Ferrari presented at the time was a video analysis of the incident by Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok. Needless to say that the review never went further.
So, it remains to be seen what “significant and relevant new element” will Red Bull present at the hearing.