Rumor: Red Bull lose appeal for bigger Hamilton British GP Penalty (Update)

This rumor is upgraded to ‘fact’ now.  Red Bull’s hopes of getting the FIA to review Lewis Hamilton’s British Grand Prix penalty have been dashed, after Formula 1 stewards rejected its request on Thursday.

In a statement issued by the stewards, the FIA was clear that the slides were neither new nor ‘discovered’ as the rules demand.

It stated: “That what was presented to the Stewards was 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. 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.”

The decision to not accept the evidence means no further review of the British GP collision will take place – so Hamilton’s 10-second sanction stands firm.

July 29, 2021 

Red Bull have reportedly failed in their attempt to have a greater penalty imposed on Lewis Hamilton for his Silverstone collision with Max Verstappen.

The initial hearing took place on Thursday afternoon, the eve of the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the process is set to go no further after a report indicated there was nothing to merit the original judgement being changed.

Before the hearing, which took place via video conference, Red Bull advisor and driver development boss Helmut Marko said the team were looking for “a penalty that would have prevented a victory” for Hamilton, specifically a “drive-through or a suspension for the next race”.

But that prospect, which had looked slim at best, has gone completely, as reported by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Verstappen had also maintained that Hamilton should have been given a bigger penalty by the British Grand Prix stewards.

“It’s just I think the penalty was not severe enough for what he caused,” Verstappen told Sky F1.

“If we touch, you spin and continue the race it’s a different scenario. But when you crash your main rival out, and you gain so many points back, I don’t think that’s correct.”