Red Bull fail in bid to have stewards review Verstappen-Hamilton collision

2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

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The stewards have rejected Red Bull’s request for them to review their decision on the collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix.

Red Bull asked the stewards to reconsider their verdict which handed Hamilton a 10-second time penalty for the collision which put Verstappen out of the race. The team believe the sanction was too lenient, as Hamilton was able to continue and claim victory, and felt a further penalty was deserved.

Under F1’s rules, a review may take place if the stewards discover new information relevant to an incident which was not available to them at the time. But after considering a submission made by Red Bull the stewards denied their request.

Red Bull is understood to have presented several pieces of evidence to the stewards which they claim proved Hamilton entered Copse corner at a trajectory and speed which made the collision unavoidable.

The team used Hamilton’s overtaking move on Charles Leclerc at the same corner later in the race to demonstrate the Mercedes driver should have slowed down more for the corner and taken a tighter line in order to avoid contact.

To support their claim, Red Bull performed real-world and simulator analyses on the data. Reserve driver Alexander Albon recreated the lines taken by the drivers through the corners while taking part in a tyre test at Silverstone in the week after the race. Sergio Perez performed a similar test in the team’s simulator.

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Red Bull maintain Verstappen left sufficient room for Hamilton on the inside of Copse, and claim their analysis showed the Mercedes should have braked considerably earlier than he did to make it around the corner without hitting their car.

After considering the information received from Red Bull, the stewards ruled it “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’.”

Red Bull used their data to produce illustrations comparing the racing lines taken by Hamilton while passing Verstappen and Leclerc. The stewards ruled this could not be considered new evidence as it was “created for the purposes of submissions to support the petition for review” and “created based on evidence that was available to the competitor at the time of the decision” in the form of GPS data from the cars.

The stewards noted that evidence submitted in support of a request for review must be “‘discovered’ (as opposed to created)”.

Red Bull submitted their request for a review to the stewards in a letter on Friday. “The stewards added they ‘note, with some concern, certain allegations made in the competitor’s above letter.

“Such allegations may or may not have been relevant to the stewards if the petition for review had been granted. The stewards may have addressed these allegations directly in any decision that would have followed. The petition having been dismissed, the stewards make no comments on those allegations.”

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133 comments on “Red Bull fail in bid to have stewards review Verstappen-Hamilton collision”

  1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    29th July 2021, 19:14

    Disappointing because I would have loved for the stewards to ask Verstappen some very serious questions especially since Red Bull was so adamant to bring this up.

    I would not have been surprised if Max’s response resulted in a reversal and a penalty being given to him.

  2. Not unexpected. But knowing now Hamilton will do the penalised move again I guess the penalty should be way heavier.
    He does not learn and in fact is rewarded for taking out a competitor.

    1. Dave (@davewillisporter)
      29th July 2021, 19:43

      Jeez! It’s amazing how someone can give so much time to a sport but refuse to understand anything about it! I wonder why on the Saturday sprint race when Lewis went up the outside of Max at Copse, he backed out? What was it Lewis knew on Saturday that Max didn’t on Sunday? Risk vs reward. Lewis thinks as well as drives!
      So yes, if Max gets on the outside on a similar corner it will probably happen again. I’ve seen Max do it for SEVEN YEARS! You can’t win a championship if you refuse to consider risk.

      1. Victor Harris
        30th July 2021, 4:37


      2. geoffgroom44 (@)
        30th July 2021, 9:24

        +1. ‘Predominantly to blame’ does not exonerate the other guy and if Max’s youthful machismo was more important that staying well ahead on points, then he pays the price.Max could have,should have, easily avoided contact just as much as so many Maxfans think Lewis could have,should have. It is not the racing incident itself that is the problem here, it’s all the PR following the catastrophic results of poor decision making in the first instance.The bottom line for all the ‘what ifs’ is incredibly simple and rests on the foundation of poor risk management. 33 points in hand is better than 8 in the bush !

    2. I’ve read about 4 of your comments, and you are already becoming a parody of yourself.

      Grow up.

  3. Unsurprising, post race protests almost never work. This was just done to put pressure on the FIA for future incidents.

    I watched Max’s interview today where he rightly points out that he has 0 penalty points. Max has been on 0 penalty points for a few years now. Meanwhile Lewis has gathered 12 penalty points (a race bans worth) since Max last got a penalty point.

    Max is a cleaner and better racer than Lewis.

    1. Nonsense.
      Lewis got points for absolutely invalid reasons, simply due to stupidity pf current penalty system

      Max is not a clean driver by any measure.
      Never was, never will be

      1. Of course, it always is.
        Yes sometimes penalty points are to easy to get… But that story does not hold for 12 points.
        Lewis has a habit of putting his car against a Redbull. Poor albon experienced it twice.
        Bad looser

      2. Invalid reasons like his incurable tendency to hit drivers on his outside and send them into a spin? Yeah, very invalid those reasons.

        Verstappen is a much better and cleaner racer than Hamilton, and has been for a few years now.

        1. @Cheesbucket: Don’t cry, I know the truth can hurt but geez. Man up! Your crying is embarrassing!

        2. kingshark,,are you telling us max isnt known for dangerous defensive moves and overtakes.
          most of the time tho,he he gets away with it.and some of those times its because the other driver backs out.
          we had already seen max run lewis off the track a few time this season..and that was the only reason why there was no contact.
          max should learn to himself concede sometimes.

          1. max should learn to concede sometimes.

          2. Matt he does that more often then you think. Look at last year how many times he concede in corners.

      3. Greatnews, it is quite clear with erikje nor Kingshark that, even before such an incident, they were never going to say anything different when it did happen, no matter who might be at fault – you cannot reason prejudice out of those for whom those prejudices were never set by reason to begin with.

    2. Dave (@davewillisporter)
      29th July 2021, 19:56

      @kingshark actually, all this shows is what happens when Max races Max in another car. People have been jumping out of his way for years because their version of risk is different from his. Max NEVER avoids an accident, he relies on the other driver doing that for him. Go listen to the F1 nation podcast, Ziggo sports reporter, “If Max thinks it’s his corner he will NEVER back out”

      Lewis’s racing incident points are against Albon. Albon didn’t do what Lewis was expecting ahead of him because Albon isn’t as good as Alonso or Max or anyone else he is used to racing. Both incidents Lewis was penalised for, Albon’s car should not have been there and Alonso would have stayed ahead or got ahead.

      Max is to quote you “a cleaner and better racer than Lewis” other drivers know not to put their car in that position against Max, they know that is a certain accident. Daniel, Charles, Lando, they all know. Everyone on the grid knows if it’s a marginal move against Max, he won’t back out and you’re going off.

      Now, engage your brain. What happens when the other driver adopts the same approach as Max?

      Senna Prost.

      1. all this shows is what happens when Max races Max in another car.

        You are pretty lost it seems..

        1. Pathetic.
          Loving the reault of this “review” though. Hahahaha

          1. At least you clicked the right button, did you?

          2. Care to explain

          3. It’s a Report Button joke.

      2. @davewillisporter
        You’ve wasted your time writing an entire essay on a false premise, the premise that other drivers don’t race Max hard.

        At Silverstone 2019, Leclerc raced Max harder than anyone has raced Hamilton in years, and it resulted in no collision of any kind. Because hard racing is not what causes crashes.

        Crashes happen when one driver lacks competence, spatial awareness and/or concentration. That’s what happened at Silverstone 2021 with Hamilton.

        1. Dave (@davewillisporter)
          29th July 2021, 20:32

          @kingshark I didn’t see Max trying to go round the outside of Copse on Leclerc! In fact all of those on track incidents where Charles forced him off the track was where there was run off and Max kept his foot in, off track. Same in Austria.

          Now, here’s the counter. Lewis hasn’t raced Max like Charles has. In fact, historically, it’s been Max who’s forced Lewis off the track. COTA, Monaco, Bahrain 2019, Imola and Barcelona. All of these incidents, Lewis has taken avoiding action.

          Let me quote you Horner in Barcelona 21. Max was going into that corner fully committed. It was lucky Lewis backed out.”

          What would have happened if Lewis hadn’t??

          We just found out!

          1. Max wasn’t going around the outside he was very clearly ahead, and lewis entered the corner too fast to stay inside, which he was perfectly capable of later with leclerc

          2. @davewillisporter

            didn’t see Max trying to go round the outside of Copse on Leclerc!

            Probably because he was never in a position to attack Charles without DRS because of Ferrari’s top speed?

            Honestly, your entire argument about how Max has no penalty points because other drivers don’t race him completely falls apart the moment you actually analyze it. Zero penalty points in two years is actually impressive, and that was a very dishonest attempt to discredit Max on your part.

            Hamilton has been involved in three collisions that were clearly deemed his fault (Brazil 2019, Austria 2020, Silverstone 2021) since the last time Max was involved in a collision that was his fault (Monaco 2019).

            Your criticism of Max is in fact so dishonest that it makes me wonder if debating about Max with you is even worth it, when you have shown zero intent to be objective.

      3. Yes that is. You are right.

    3. Max has no points because he’s been in no man’s land by himself for the last several years! The mercs have been ought of sight in front of him and the chasing pack out of sight behind him.

      It’s hard to earn penalty points when you have no one to race against 95% of the time.

      1. Leclerc and Max raced each other harder at Silverstone 2019 than anyone has raced Hamilton in years.

        1. @kingshark
          “Leclerc and Max raced each other harder at Silverstone 2019 than anyone has raced Hamilton in years” hard means they came together,
          vettel and max came together more than once
          max and ric came together more than once
          max and ham came together more than once, ham in fact avoided dozens of those incidents by max or albon, however they do not return the favor in same circumstances because you know people like max and albon are brave but others are chickens if they back out, or losers if they choose to do what max does :)
          max and kimi came together with max multiple times, and kimi is one of the most sensible drivers out there and yet brave max is what max is…
          max and checko came together as well

          yeah max race everyone hard until he finds his match, than becomes worse than worse big moutheds….

    4. But how many penalty points max would have if Lewis hadn’t kept avoiding the contact until now

      1. @the-edge
        Probably still zero, because it’s perfectly OK to push another driver off the circuit if you are level or ahead on corner exit, as Hamilton showed in his numerous battles with Rosberg from 2014-2016.

  4. Pathetic losers lost. Thumbs up

    1. Was the penalty removed from Hamilton? Was there any change in the outcome?
      I don’t see how the “pathetic losers lost” when Hamilton is still at fault and is still penalized. Is Mercedes the pathetic losers? It seemed you were favoring on the side of Mercedes until this comment.

      1. Penalised…But he won!😁
        Gained 25 points while Max gained 0. I’d call that a win, win 😀

        1. Reply button is placed on the left side, remember that!

      2. You do realise this was Red Bull trying to get an increase in Hamilton’s penalty? They failed miserably.

    2. @Greatnews
      Pathetic losers’ side kick supporters lost too. Double thumbs up yeet! :)

  5. They are probably going to get criticized by many, but as requests go, they made a good effort to prove whatever they wanted to prove. Having drivers performing the moves on a sim and in real life sounds more like a post-accident analysis in the aviation industry.

    Beats showing Karun Chandhok’s analysis for TV by miles.

    1. Just shows how pathetic they are.
      What’s next, present crystall ball as a truth-telling device?

    2. Dave (@davewillisporter)
      29th July 2021, 20:25

      @fer-no65 Speaking as somebody who is involved with the industry you speak of, that’s not how it works. The first thing you do is take a similarly skilled and experienced pilot and get them to fly the parameters that the black box (which is normally orange!) data shows just before the incident, and record the results.

      The two are not comparable AT ALL!

      What Redbull tried to do is prove that the pilot meant to crash. That is not analysis! Neither is Perez or Albon a similar skill or experience than Lewis, and they are driving a completely different car and in Albon’s case in different temps and wind conditions with a different level of rubber on the track!

      Karun would be a far more accurate analysis than the farce Redbull brought. In real court they’d have been held in contempt for wasting the court’s time and ordered to pay expenses.

      1. @davewillisporter if you answer narrow minds, you will get their minds narrower than before… dont waste your time… redbull only bring hypotethical situation to the table aka fabricated theory! not considering fuel loads, rubber set on the circuit, tyres brake levels and most importantly who they are racing against…. i m really surprised stewards didnt remove the penalty as a result of max’s onboard footage which clearly shows he was aware of ham and made a twitch but pressed on hence created the avoidable accident himself… if anything max should have been named in the penalty, narrating the penalty in a such passive way only empowered max’s and red bull’s egos…

        1. Dave (@davewillisporter)
          29th July 2021, 20:47

          @mysticus yeah but I like playing with mice every now and again! That weird spec on your avatar triggers me! Looks like a fly I want to swat! Can you change it! Maybe an aura or something?

    3. Doing such a simulation the way Red Bull did though would be like Airbus simulating why the 737 Max crashed multiple times @fer-no65.

      Even if they would have anything NEW to show (instead of this being a fancy way to put screenshots to GPS data, as if Stewards are too stupid to understand the data they already had), trying to prove what and how the Mercedes of Hamilton should be driven without inside info from the other team is just stupid.

      I get that Red Bull want to put on pressure. And I agree that they are fully within their rights. However, it does seem like apart from pushing the team actually inferred malice either from Mercedes, Hamilton or even from the FIA (see the last paragraph of the FIA statement)

      1. Dave (@davewillisporter)
        29th July 2021, 20:44

        @bascb you are entirely correct!

    4. Spending 2 weeks trying to prove an imaginary scenario where Lewis is banned for at least 1 race shows just how sad RB are! Perez spent the 2 week break trying to get Verstappens rival an additional/increased penalty! I don’t want to ever hear BOTTAS called a patsy or wingman again! What Perez did these last 2 weeks takes it to another level!! Pathetic from every member of RB!

  6. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
    29th July 2021, 19:18

    The new and significant is data not derived from the race.

    1. Part was. I. E. The leclerc move.

      1. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
        29th July 2021, 19:31

        The part that Horner said was not possible you mean? That no-one can overtake at Copse. That bit you mean?

        1. No, just read again and try to understand the content. It will come to you.

          1. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
            29th July 2021, 20:06

            The data has to be pertinent to the incident. What happens in the future is not pertinent.

            What RBR also presented were slides of Albon simulating the run created from the GPS data known at the time of the incident. So again was not new.

          2. @andyfromsandy
            just answer with this :)
            The stewards noted that evidence submitted in support of a request for review must be “‘discovered’ (as opposed to created)”. which clearly says redbull tried hard to fabricate evidence for which they should be prosecuted for trying to pervert the course of justice! as per articles xyz, hereby redbul is banned from one race within the next 2 races… justice would be served

          3. @mysticus As more of a Hamilton fan than a Verstappen fan, although a fan of both, who strongly thinks this should all have been a racing incident, I disagree with your take on this.

            They didn’t try to fabricate evidence. They did analysis on existing evidence in an attempt to prove their point of view. However, this does not meet the high bar for reviewing stewards decisions, which is that new evidence must be presented which was not available to the stewards at the time. This is to hold up the premise used in pretty much all sport that the referee is always right, based on the information they had at the time.

  7. A racing move that there is little agreement on whether it was a racing incident or not, whether a penalty was befitting, too harsh or too lenient. It obviously didn’t need any further analysis and common sense has prevailed

    1. Agree. It was a pointless protest from a team with a reputation of whinging. They’ve put more pressure on the stewards for any harsher penalties awarded for the same infringement .. which is what their objective was anyways.

      Would be hilarious if Max falls foul of the same infringement in the future and gets a harsher penalty

  8. ian dearing
    29th July 2021, 19:21

    A RB driver who is not good enough to race a RB or a car belonging to its junior team, driving a car that’s not a Mercedes, on different tyres on a different day in different conditions, could not drive around a corner at the speed Hamilton can. This would be the RB driver, who when the conditions are all the same, can’t even drive the same car round the corner at the same speed his teammate can.
    Maybe they can re-appeal and get Coultard to have a go?

    1. ian dearing
      29th July 2021, 19:25

      And I should have added its about discovering new evidence, not creating some of your own.

      1. The more I read the new ‘evidence’ the funnier it gets, genuinely embarrassing from RBR and it makes me pretty sad as fan of a sport to see things like that.

      2. Indeed Ian.

  9. SheriffBufordTJustice
    29th July 2021, 19:23

    Absolute comedy GOLD!! RBR lost points, and suffer brand/reputation damage (not like they had an upstanding reputation to begin with). I bet Christian is incandescent.

  10. The stewards noted that evidence submitted in support of a request for review must be “‘discovered’ (as opposed to created)”.


    1. I wonder if all this discovery comes out their Budget and leaves them a few less winglets to add at the end of the year.

      1. RandomMallard (@)
        29th July 2021, 21:06

        @millionus One of the exclusions to the cost cap is:

        All costs Directly Attributable to Human Resources Activities, Finance Activities or
        Legal Activities;

        I’m sure RB will try and claim that this counts as a “Legal Activity”, and it probably is, so I doubt it will hurt their budget cap too much.

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