The fallout from the British Grand Prix continues as Red Bull have requested a review of the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone nine days ago.
Hamilton and Verstappen had been battling for the lead throughout the opening lap of the race when the pair made contact into the high-speed Copse corner. Verstappen ended up heavily in the wall as Hamilton received a 10-second penalty and two points were put on his licence for the incident, but the seven-time World Champion managed to go on and win the race nonetheless.
The Dutchman’s crash was a whopping 51G, but he thankfully managed to walk away.
The damage to the RB16B amassed to a massive $1.8 million according to Horner. It could have huge implications later in the year in terms of grid penalties if the power unit cannot be saved.
Christian Horner and Helmut Marko were far from impressed with the British driver’s move and Red Bull’s decision to request a review is far from a surprise. Red Bull will need to show sufficient new evidence which wasn’t available at Silverstone for them to get past the request hurdle.
Read the statement below.
"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."