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Red Bull officially calls for review of Silverstone clash

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27/07/2021

Ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull has officially called on the stewards to review the first lap clash at Silverstone involving Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

The clash, which saw the Dutch driver hospitalised and his Mercedes rival handed a 10s time penalty but still go on to claim victory, has divided opinion ever since.

Last Friday, the same day Red Bull lodged its request for a review, Christian Horner admitted that Red Bull was considering calling for a review.

"It is no secret that we felt at the time, and still feel, that Hamilton was given a light penalty for this type of incident," said the Briton. "Given the severity of the incident and the lenient penalty, we are reviewing all data and have the right to request a review. We are therefore still looking at the evidence and considering all of our sporting options."

Today it was confirmed that the Austrian team has officially requested the stewards to review their decision, and as a result a video conference will be held on Thursday, at which Hamilton, Verstappen and their team representatives will be present.

"In accordance with Art. 14 of the International Sporting Code, and following the petition for review by Red Bull Racing Honda, lodged on the 23 July 2021, the team manager and such witnesses as the competitor may request, up to three attendees in total including the team manager, are required to appear via video conference at 16:00hrs CEST on Thursday, 29 July 2021," confirmed the FIA.

"Everyone has their own opinion on the events of Silverstone, and it was a very polarising incident," admits Toto Wolff in his preview of the Hungarian GP weekend. "However, the most important thing is that Max is OK.

"It's never nice to see a car crashing, particularly at such high speeds and at a corner like that," he adds, "so we're glad he emerged from the accident unscathed."

"As far as we are concerned, the manoeuvre that Lewis did was absolutely in line with the FIA's overtaking guide," insisted the German team's chief technical officer, James Allison last week.

"If you are on the inside of the corner, overtaking on the inside of the corner, then the guidance requires that you are substantially alongside. It's not required that you are ahead, it requires that you are substantially alongside as you arrive at the corner. Lewis definitely was substantially alongside. He had his front axle well beyond the midpoint of Verstappen's car.

"Also, you must be able to make the corner. By make the corner it means go round the corner and not leave the track or lose control of the car. Those are the things you need to satisfy. If you can go round the corner, if you are substantially alongside the other car then the corner is yours... you do not have to cede your position, you do not have to back off, and the other car has a duty to avoid hitting you.

"I did feel that it was harsh to get the penalty," he added. "I realise not everyone agrees with that, but I still believe that to be the case."

Quite what Red Bull expects to come from the review isn't clear, but for this to happen the team must first present fresh - and significant - information that was not available or considered first time around.

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1. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 28/07/2021 19:02

"@Editor - gotcha. All good."

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2. Posted by mickl, 28/07/2021 13:21

"Horner and Marko are going to rock up on Thursday with suspicious combovers, spray tans and red caps urging RBR fans to storm the FIA motorhome.............."

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3. Posted by Spindoctor, 28/07/2021 12:54

"I'm surprised that RBR don't face a counter claim of "Bringing the Sport into disrepute" by constantly criticising the FIA, Stewards, Mercedes, Hamilton & Uncle Tom Cobley & all....."

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4. Posted by kenji, 28/07/2021 11:30

"@ Ed. all cool."

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5. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 28/07/2021 9:22

"Sorry Editor forgot the stewards. "

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6. Posted by Editor, 28/07/2021 8:18

"@ ChickenFarmerF1 and Kenji

To be absolutely clear, as I wrote in the race report at the time - and still believe - for me it was a racing incident.

My previous post - which I sadly, wrongly assumed to be as clear as day - was in respect of Motorsport-fan's claim that "everyone other than Red Bull has deemed it a racing incident" which is incorrect as the stewards didn't."

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7. Posted by nmw01223, 28/07/2021 6:27

"When the rules and appeals systems need to get involved, everyone loses."

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8. Posted by aroutis, 28/07/2021 4:37

"""In accordance with Art. 14 of the International Sporting Code, and following the petition for review by Red Bull Racing Honda, lodged on the 23 July 2021, the team manager and such witnesses as the competitor may request, up to three attendees in total including the team manager, are required to appear via video conference at 16:00hrs CEST on Thursday, 29 July 2021," confirmed the FIA."

This should sink in to the minds of all those who complain about what RBR is doing.
Specially those who are complaining in a very pathetic ways (you don't want me to start quoting, the way you use is really sad).

This is Formula 1, it has regulations, some you may not like but they are what they are.
Today it's RBR who use them, tomorrow it might be the team of your liking. "

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9. Posted by gt3bill, 28/07/2021 0:58

"Oh look..CH still crying..OMG get some composure Mr Horner...you whiney little weasel. you are going to get
stomped this year.Young Max has not matured enough! He is a hot headed driver that thinks if he pushes everyone is going to back off, just like Shumi..Hamilton is here to say "NO", Phuck your little hothead .your goal Mr Honer and your boss's is to try and get hamilton sanctioned for one race. i know it, we know it,and you know it... all thats left is a little cry for the FIA.. Put your ego back in your drawers and get on with it, give the kid the direction he needs,.... stop being such a baby!...you are a seedy little man! "

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10. Posted by kenji, 28/07/2021 0:36

"I just happen to support the view of both the Editor and the F1 stewards. What I don't agree with is the leniency of the penalty. There is now a 3D image of the collision and it looks as though the stewards certainly got it right. Those who support the 'racing incident' version of events should ask themselves a simple question...If the MB driver was named Grosjean,Kvyat or Mazepin would they hold the same opinion? I very much doubt it....."

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11. Posted by ian_w, 28/07/2021 0:16

"Is it even clear what exactly the review is about? I know the request is coming from Red Bull but ... Is it a review of the penalty or the incident or the stewards decision to investigate?

(Puts on neutral hat, ... )I think had this been any other two drivers it would have been put down to a 1st lap racing incident. We have however seen a number of 1st lap incidents given penalties this year that in year's past would have not even got a look.

Is RBR perhaps arguing the MB says what LH did was entirely legal according to the rules and look what happened! What can be done to avoid injuring or killing a driver in future? Are they "looking for greater clarity" or greater punishment for LH?

(Takes off neutral cap ...) Sadly, it would seem the off-track bravado could end up seriously hindering the on-track bravado.

There was a day when it was said Ferrari had the FIA in its back pocket and F1 stuffing cash in the other) Today, ex-Ferrari is CEO of F1 and President of the FIA, but I don't understand who stands to come out ahead on this one. They only ones who seem truly emotionally invested excited about all this are they SKY F1 pundits!"

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12. Posted by Great_white_shark, 27/07/2021 22:38

"Mark not Matt*"

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13. Posted by Great_white_shark, 27/07/2021 22:37

"in the words of Matt Hughes:
It was Horner who said of Turn 1 Barcelona this year, “Turn 1 was mega. I mean Max, that was full Max Verstappen – he was just going for it – and he positioned the car fantastically well.

“He tucked in, he got a little bit of a tow and a bit of momentum. And yeah he just braked later and ran the car wide. Thankfully Lewis had got out of it because otherwise he would have ended up in the fence.”

Yep, 100% agree with him on that.

There was the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix when-team mate Daniel Ricciardo had irked Verstappen by celebrating stealing pole from him and Verstappen put it to rights in the opening seconds of the race, about which an admiring Christian said, “Max was either coming out that corner leading or not at all.”"

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14. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 27/07/2021 19:31

"@Editor - yes, but if they believed it was negligent to the point of near criminality, let alone intentional - which is what RBR is claiming - they would have black flagged Hamilton at a minimum. A 10 second penalty to be served during an otherwise normal pitstop (or added to the total race time) is typical for what is really a racing incident where the penalized driver is judged to be more at fault/could have done more to avoid it.

Verstappen was every bit as committed to holding his position as Hamilton. Both were willing to suffer a crash if the other didn't back out. Hamilton could have taken a tighter line on the inside, Verstappen could have taken a wider line on the outside (especially since being the start of the race the shouldn't have been any marbles). Pretty much the definition of a racing incident. Verstappen came off the worse this time, but it could very easily have both out, or Hamilton with a broken suspension and Verstappen able to continue. That's really what has RBR all upset. They lost a bunch of points to Mercedes, and they're throwing the toys out of the pram and screaming over it."

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15. Posted by Roli, 27/07/2021 19:29

"What an absolute pathetic and childish way to promote your business. Its like an election, if you dont like the outcome, you cant just demand a new vote until you get the result you want. MV was ahead, but he didnt have to move across so violently. The corner was his. RBR should concentrate more on coaching their driver, YOU DONT WIN THE RACE ON THE FIRST LAP. Suck it up and get on with the next race. What happens if LH thrashes you? will you appeal that too?"

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