The FIA has handed down its decision on the high-speed incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
The FIA explains why Lewis Hamilton was given a penalty on Sunday.
Michael Masi, the FIA race director, has explained why the stewards decided Lewis Hamilton was “predominantly to blame” for the high-speed incident with Max Verstappen during the British Grand Prix as the two contended for the lead.
With Verstappen on pole, Hamilton put on the pressure for the first eight circuits, attempting to get around his major title challenger, before colliding with the Dutchman at high speed and spearing him into the barriers at Turn Nine.
Following that, the British driver was given a ten-second time penalty, with Red Bull seething that the penalty should have been harsher.
When asked what the stewards thought Hamilton should have done differently to avoid the collision, Masi said, “I’m not sure they have a perspective of what he should have done, but having looked at everything, their position was that he was largely to blame for that.”
“I haven’t had the opportunity to read the ruling in its entirety since I’ve been busy with other things, but the important aspect was, similar to what happened later with Charles [Leclerc], he could have, say, tucked closer to the apex.
“That’s where they discovered he was mostly to fault – the phrase was extremely explicit as per the standards.
“He wasn’t held entirely responsible, but he was held primarily responsible. He could have tucked in even more, changing the outcome, but we don’t know; we judge it based on the incident itself.”
Despite restarting seventh after his time penalty in the put stop, Hamilton went on to win the Grand Prix, sweeping past Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in front of a roaring home crowd.
And Masi was unambiguous about his feelings about a driver receiving such a penalty but still going on to win.
“One of the significant things that has been a mainstay for many many years, and this came out of discussions prior to my tenure between all of the teams, the FIA, and F1, and the team principals were all pretty insistent, you should not contemplate the ramifications of an incident,” Masi added.
“As a result, they judge when they are judging incidents.”Brinkwire Summary News”.