Red Bull may file an appeal over Max Verstappen’s crash, according to Lewis Hamilton’s statistics.
In the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton collided with Max Verstappen but went on to win.
Despite colliding with Max Verstappen and earning a 10-second time penalty for his daring attempt at Copse, Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix. The Briton then went on to catch and past Charles Leclerc, delighting the crowd.
As a result, Hamilton trimmed Verstappen’s championship lead to only eight points.
Martin Brundle claims Red Bull has data that shows the 36-year-old will never complete the turn, and he believes he can use it to file an appeal.
It remains to be seen, but they could argue that the stewards’ penalty against Hamilton was not harsh enough.
Brundle said in his post-race Sky Sports column, “I am told by Red Bull there is data to prove Lewis was much faster entering Copse than at any other time and he would not have made the bend without running wide and inevitably striking Max.”
“Presumably, that will be made public, and if Red Bull believes they have ‘new evidence,’ they may well appeal to the FIA regarding their assessed level of fault and leniency toward Hamilton.”
Brundle was also dissatisfied with the actions of Christian Horner and Toto Wolff in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
“It was a little unsettling to hear the Red Bull and Mercedes team principals and managers attempting to affect the situation by lobbying the race director, but that appears to be the communication mechanism in place, which we are broadcasting for the first time this season,” Brundle added.
“Michael Masi correctly sent them to the stewards, and I can see this process being revised in the future.”
Hamilton’s father Anthony believes the accident was only a racing mishap, and that Red Bull now needs to move on.
“At the end of the day, it’s a racing incident, and it’s a race incident 99 times out of 100,” he remarked.
“So, what do you want?” On the straight, drivers line up nicely and then take it easy. This is a competition.”
On August 1, Formula One returns with the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Hamilton aiming to overtake Verstappen in the standings.
In Budapest, Mercedes will also try to catch Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship.