Red Bull will not appeal Hamilton verdict, the deadline has passed

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Contrary to what Dr. Helmut Marko said earlier, the FIA confirms Red Bull has not appealed the decision not to penalise Lewis Hamilton.

After Saudi Arabian Grand Prix FP3 the stewards have investigated Lewis Hamilton for allegedly ignoring double-waved yellow flags.

After some deliberation they determined that the yellow flags were the result of a marshalling system error and decided not to penalise Lewis.

Immediately after Qualifying Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said the team was looking into the matter to determine whether to appeal the decision.

“We’ll have a good look at it,” Horner said.

“It feels a little inconsistent with what we’ve seen two weeks ago, so we have the right to an appeal. We’ll have a look at the information, we haven’t looked at it that closely.

“These decisions are so late, the team management and the team have to focus on qualifying, so we’ll have a look and see if there’s anything that’s untoward.

“The one thing we desperately want is consistency,” concluded the Briton.

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Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko went even further and said the team has already lodged an appeal.

“Max gets five grid positions in Qatar, and here suddenly yellow is no longer yellow,” Marko said.

“There’s another interpretation, and it can’t go on like this: to interpret it in such an arbitrary way.

“It was a yellow flag, a clear yellow on the display. The team should have at least given a warning. We appealed, but now we have some other worries.

“We are following it up,” Red Bull’s advisor concluded.

However the deadline set to appeal the verdict was 21:32 local time. The FIA confirms no paperwork was submitted by that time.

In the meantime Red Bull also confirmed they do not intend to appeal.

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