Mercedes retaliates as the F1 stewards rule on Red Bull’s Lewis Hamilton penalty appeal.
Formula One officials have made a judgment on Red Bull’s request for a heavier penalty for Lewis Hamilton’s crash into Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.
Red Bull’s request for an investigation into Lewis Hamilton’s British Grand Prix penalty was denied by Formula One officials. After Hamilton was given a ten-second penalty for crashing into Max Verstappen, Red Bull bosses were furious. Mercedes was quick to respond to the F1 statement, and they didn’t mince words.
Mercedes has demanded that Red Bull refrain from seeking to “tarnish the good name and sporting integrity” of Hamilton, who collided with Verstappen on the first lap of the race.
“We hope that this decision will mark the end of a systematic attempt by the senior management of Red Bull Racing to tarnish the good name and sports integrity of Lewis Hamilton, including the documents filed for their unsuccessful right of review,” they said in a statement.
âWe now look forward to racing this weekend and continuing our hard-fought race for the 2021 Formula One World Championship,â said the team.
The ten-second penalty imposed on Hamilton will stand, and the Mercedes driver will face no further punishment for his role in the accident.
After colliding with Hamilton, Verstappen, the world championship leader, was sent crashing into the wall and was later taken to the hospital.
Officials from Red Bull were furious, with team principal Christian Horner among those advocating for Hamilton to be punished more severely.
Despite Red Bull’s appeal, the plea was dismissed by the Formula 1 stewards.
It has been revealed that the result was reached because the appeal lacked a “significant and substantial new element.”
After Hamilton romped to victory at Silverstone, Verstappen’s lead was sliced from 33 to eight points.
At a press conference on Thursday to preview this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Verstappen stated that he believes the Brit got off too lightly.
âI don’t believe the sentence was appropriate,” he stated.
“Because you practically eliminate your major competitor, and with the speed we have in our cars, we’re miles ahead of, say, the third best team.
“In normal conditions, we are comfortably 40-50 seconds ahead, so a 10-second penalty makes little difference.
âSo that penalty should have been far more severe.â
Judges decided that Hamilton wasn’t entirely to blame, instead assigning some guilt to him. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”