Formula 1 stewards dismissed Red Bull’s petition to review the collision between their championship-leading driver Max Verstappen and his Mercedes championship rival Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton was handed a 10-second time penalty for the incident, that sent Verstappen to hospital for precautionary checks but was still able to win, with Red Bull criticising the sanction as too lenient.
Stewards, however, did not feel the information Red Bull presented at a meeting on Thursday at the Hungarian Grand Prix to support their petition for a review was relevant or significant enough to merit another look into the incident.
The World Champions were quick to respond on Twitter: “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team welcomes the decision of the Stewards to reject Red Bull Racing’s right of review.
“In addition to bringing this incident to a close, we hope that this decision will mark the end of a concerted attempt by the senior management of Red Bull Racing to tarnish the good name and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton, including in the documents submitted for their unsuccessful right of review.
“We now look forward to going racing this weekend and to continuing our hard-fought competition for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.” (Reporting by Abhishek Takle)