The FIA rejects Red Bull’s request for review of Hamilton’s penalty

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The FIA has decided that the evidence Red Bull brought to the hearing was neither significant, nor relevant, and they dismissed their request for review of Lewis Hamilton’s penalty.

Ever since Lewis Hamilton received a 10-second penalty and two penalty points on his superlicence, for his collision with Max Verstappen, Red Bull has been saying that the punishment was too lenient.

On Tuesday the Austrian team announced they have formally requested a review of the incident and Lewis’ penalty.

The hearing was held today at 4pm CEST, and Red Bull was expected to present a “significant and relevant new element” to the stewards, before they decide whether they will re-examine the case.

This “new element” was presented in the form of a series of slides created from GPS data of the collision, along with a comparison with Hamilton’s later overtaking manoeuvre on Charles Leclerc on the same corner.

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However, the FIA decided that the presented elements were neither significant nor relevant. In their statement they said that these slides were 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”.

“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,” read the FIA’s statement.

“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.”

Ultimately the FIA decided that it will not accept this “evidence” and will not proceed with a further review of the collision.

This means that Lewis Hamilton’s previous penalty stands and there will be no further actions taken in the case.

Well, that settles it, now let’s go racing!

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