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Red Bull demand official review into Lewis Hamilton penalty at British GP

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Red Bull have asked for an official review into the penalty given to Lewis Hamilton following his crash with Max Verstappen at this month’s British Grand Prix.

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The Dutchman was forced to retire and undergo a six-hour hospital check-up while Hamilton took victory to revive his title hopes after being hit with a 10-second penalty by the race stewards.

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Red Bull, already aggrieved at what they say will be the $1.8 million cost to repair Verstappen’s car, now want the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body of Formula One, to re-examine the case.

They are convinced Lewis Hamilton’s punishment was too lenient and if they succeed in convincing the stewards to re-open the case the British driver could be hit with harsher action up to and including disqualification from the British GP itself. 

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Representatives of both Red Bull and Hamilton’s Mercedes teams will now be required to meet with the stewards at Budapest’s Hungaroring at 16:00 SA time on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton’s victory saw him slash Verstappen’s lead in the championship from 33 points to just eight.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner, in a lengthy column on the team’s website published last Friday, said: “It is no secret that we felt at the time, and still feel, that Hamilton was given a light penalty for this type of incident.

“Given the severity of the incident and the lenient penalty, we are reviewing all data and have the right to request a review. 

“We are therefore still looking at the evidence and considering all of our sporting options.”

In his pre-race notes ahead of this weekend’s concluding round before the summer break, Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “Everyone has their own opinion on the events of Silverstone, and it was a very polarising incident.

“However, the most important thing is that Max is OK. It’s never nice to see a car crashing, particularly at such high speeds and at a corner like that, so we’re glad he emerged from the accident unscathed.”

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