'Red Bull have crash data that will allow them to blame Hamilton'

20-07-2021 20:19 | Updated: 20-07-2021 22:20
by GPblog.com
F1 News
'Red Bull have crash data that will allow them to blame Hamilton'

The crash involving Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton last weekend has, as expected, caused a lot of trouble. For example, the battle between Mercedes and Red Bull, which was already spicy off-track, has become a bit more extreme and Hamilton and Verstappen have also had some arguments amongst themselves.

Martin Brundle writes in his column on SkySports that he listened with indignation to the radio messages from Mercedes and Red Bull after the incident.

"I felt a little uncomfortable hearing the radio messages from Red Bull and Mercedes, who were trying to influence the situation by lobbying the race director. Apparently that's how communication goes these days. Michael Masi logically referred them to the stewards, but I imagine the process will be different in the future." He did, however, understand Red Bull's fierce reaction.

"Red Bull thought it was a professional foul, an intentional accident by Hamilton. They were white hot that their potential world champion was fur and blue, their car was badly damaged in times of the budget cap and foresaw possible penalties because of engine and other damage."

Red Bull has data on Hamilton's speed

And that could be a key part of the legal case Red Bull is looking to bring against Hamilton and Mercedes. Brundle claims that Red Bull at least has that data.

"I have been told by Red Bull that there is data that they can use to prove that Hamilton went into Copse Corner significantly faster than at any other time and that he could not have made the corner without going wide and inevitably tapping Verstappen in the end."

"It is likely that this data will come out," Brundle continued, "And if Red Bull think they have 'new evidence', then they can appeal to the FIA because they think Hamilton is more at fault than first thought and the punishment for the Briton was handled too leniently."

Legal action will follow anyway, but with this information, appealing could also be a logical next step.

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