Max Verstappen retired in the opening lap of the British Grand Prix due to an accident with the Briton during fierce battle for the lead
By Yuri Coghe
The Hungarian Grand Prix weekend is set to start in only two days, but the historic crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen from three Sundays ago is still very much in people’s and Red Bull’s minds.
The championship contenders collided in the opening lap of the British GP. The Dutchman suffered a 51G crash and had to go to a local hospital for further checks, whereas the Briton collected a record eight-win at home and trimmed his rival’s championship lead to only eight points.
Red Bull, who launched a series of hard-hitting quotes after the accident, has now left the word spectrum and is demanding action. The Austrian team has officially requested a review of Hamilton’s 10-second penalty, awarded during the Silverstone race, Reuters and F1.com are reporting.
Both teams have been summoned by the FIA, F1’s governing body, to a Thursday virtual meeting with stewards, following Red Bull’s Tuesday request.
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Red Bull evoked article 14 of the racing International Sporting Code, which says a steward decision can be reassessed if “a significant and relevant new element is discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision.”
It’s unclear what and if new evidence has been presented or discovered.
Neither Red Bull nor Mercedes have commented on the meeting. Only four points separate the teams in the constructors’ standings.
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said on Friday that the cost to rebuild Verstappen’s car following the accident had been estimated at approximately $1.8 million US.
The figure represents ‘massive ramifications,’ he said.
“Given the severity of the incident and the lenient penalty, we are reviewing all data and have the right to request a review,” said Horner Friday. “We are therefore still looking at the evidence and considering all of our sporting options.”
The Hungarian Grand Prix, set for the July 30-Aug. 1 weekend, is the eleventh event in the current season’s 23-race calendar, and the last before a three-week summer break.