Purple Bull’s bid to have a overview of the 10-second penalty Lewis Hamilton acquired for colliding with Max Verstappen on the British Grand Prix has been rejected – whereas Mercedes have responded by accusing their rivals of attempting to “tarnish the nice title and sporting integrity” of their lead driver.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton was handed the penalty at Silverstone for being “predominantly” – in keeping with the stewards – guilty for the collision at Copse nook, which despatched Verstappen into the boundaries at 180mph.
Purple Bull Group Principal Christian Horner was livid and his team submitted a ‘petition for review’ on Friday, which was mentioned by stewards and representatives from each Mercedes and Purple Bull by way of video convention on Thursday forward of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The FIA’s Worldwide Sporting Code permits such requests for a overview if “a big and related new component is found which was unavailable to the events in search of the overview on the time of the choice involved.”
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Purple Bull submitted 4 items of proof, which have been all slides created by the staff, to indicate:
- GPS knowledge accessible to them of each Hamilton and Verstappen’s automotive
- GPS knowledge drawing “numerous alleged comparisons” with the road taken by Hamilton when passing Charles Leclerc for the lead later within the race on the similar nook
- Alleged lap simulations of the incident
- What was described as a “re-enactment” of Hamilton’s lap one line at Silverstone primarily based on a lap allegedly pushed by Alex Albon
The ultimate piece of proof was gathered throughout a filming day the staff carried out with their reserve driver at Silverstone final Thursday.
After trying on the info introduced to them, the stewards deemed it didn’t qualify as a “important and related new component”.
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They added that a number of the slides have been “not ‘found’ however created for the needs of submissions to assist the petition for overview. And so they have been created primarily based on proof that was accessible on the time of the selections. That clearly doesn’t fulfill the necessities of Article 14.”
In consequence they dismissed the request for a overview, which implies Hamilton’s penalty stands, as does his victory.
They added: “The Stewards word, with some concern, sure allegations [which have not been made public] made within the Competitor’s above letter. Such allegations could or could not have been related to the Stewards if the Petition for Evaluation had been granted. The Stewards could have addressed these allegations instantly in any determination that will have adopted. The Petition having been dismissed, the Stewards make no feedback on these allegations.”
After the choice was introduced, Mercedes launched a press release accusing Purple Bull of attempting to “tarnish the nice title and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton.”
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After welcoming the stewards determination, the assertion went on to say: “Along with bringing this incident to an in depth, we hope that this determination will mark the top of a concerted try by the senior administration of Purple Bull Racing to tarnish the nice title and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton, together with the paperwork submitted for his or her unsuccessful proper of overview.
“We now sit up for going racing this weekend and to persevering with our hard-fought competitors for the 2021 System One World Championship.”
Purple Bull have but to remark publicly on the stewards’ determination.