Hamilton-Verstappen incident changes the rules

F1 will penalize teams if any member of the team speaks to the race stewards during ongoing investigations.


Not only did what happened on the asphalt cause controversy, in what was a train crash between Hamilton and Verstappen, but what happened later on the walls of Mercedes and Red Bull also caused controversy, once it was communicated to the teams that the incident that put the Dutchman out of the race was under investigation. First it was Lewis who opened the radio to defend his position and plead not guilty before all after sentencing his greatest rival. And as if that were not enough, Brackley's men were soon on the scene to support their pilot in this omission of guilt. Especially since they had everything to lose.

For what was a simple racing incident for many, including the Mercedes team, from the Milton Keynes garage it was interpreted as foul play that had to be punished. And among the discrepancies, pressure began on the commissioners who were studying the images by the two highest representatives of the teams involved that, despite being resolved naturally during the grand prize and also after it, have finally generated a precedent that changes. World Cup rules

Despite the fact that Toto Wolff, head of the Brackley team, assured that he contacted the race director, Michael Masi, and he advised him "to go to the stewards or speak with them directly" after a first conversation on the radio, his visit to the checkpoints ended with Horner in the same place. The highest representative of Red Bull just wanted to make sure that they would also take into account the position of the energy team, but made it clear that under his position “there was no need to interfere with the stewards. They need a clear mind to be able to make decisions. ”

The reason for Red Bull

From Red Bull they argued that "no one should be able to see the stewards" and although at first they took the setback from Masi, who continued to see it lawful for the teams to talk to the judges as also happened with Hamilton at Monza 2020 Finally, those of Milton Keynes have ended up being right. What until now was considered a common practice, from the next grand prize will be punishable. Spontaneous visits to stewards will not be tolerated when an investigation is in progress. In a note sent to all teams, Masi stressed that access to the judges for anyone outside the FIA officials will only be allowed with "prior approval" or as a result of a subpoena.

What will happen from now on? The Race Directorate has made it clear that if any team violates this last guideline, they could face the sanctions that correspond to Article 12.2.1.i of the FIA International Sporting Code. This document establishes as an infraction the failure of any competitor to “follow the instructions of the pertinent officials for the safe and orderly celebration of the event” and therefore, the sanctions imposed for a fault like this can vary from a slight reprimand, up to disqualification over the weekend.

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