This means the results of Silverstone and Lewis Hamilton’s victory definitively stand with the Englishman eight points behind Verstappen heading into this weekend’s Hungarian GP, live only on Sky Sports F1.
Although Red Bull invoked their right of review having felt the penalty of 10 seconds imposed on Hamilton was too lenient. To have a chance of the stewards reopening the case, Red Bull were required to bring forward a previously unseen “significant and relevant new element” of evidence.
However, after meeting with Red Bull and Mercedes representatives in a video call on Thursday afternoon, stewards ruled several hours later that the evidence submitted by the former did not meet the criteria to re-open the case.
Als0, Mercedes welcomed the verdict, and issued a stinging rebuke of Red Bull, accusing the team’s “senior management” of a “concerted attempt to tarnish Lewis Hamilton’s good name and sporting integrity”.
Meanwhile, The FIA said that Red Bull’s submission consisted of a letter and four pieces of evidence in attached slides. The slides included GPS data available to the team of Hamilton and Verstappen’s cars in the incident, plus alleged comparisons of the lines taken by the Mercedes when he overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for the win later in the race at the same corner.
They also presented what was described as a “re-enactment” of Hamilton’s lap one line at Silverstone based on a lap driven by Alex Albon, Red Bull’s reserve driver, from a filming day at Silverstone last week.
The verdict statement also made reference to allegations that have not been made public: “The Stewards note, with some concern, certain allegations made in the Competitor’s above letter. Such allegations may or may not have been relevant to the Stewards if the Petition for Review had been granted.
“The Stewards may have addressed these allegations directly in any decision that would have followed. The Petition having been dismissed, the Stewards make no comments on those allegations.”