F1 under fire for 'ridiculous' crash punishment

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The begetter of satellite title person Max Verstappen says Lewis Hamilton should person been disqualified from the British Grand Prix for the mishap which eliminated the Red Bull operator from the race.

Verstappen was taken to infirmary aft suffering a 51G interaction with the wall, pursuing a collision with Hamilton astatine the fastest country connected the Silverstone circuit.

Copse country is simply a right-hander taken astatine astir 300km/h. Hamilton's beforehand near tyre made interaction with Verstappen's close rear, sending the Red Bull into the barriers.

The Mercedes operator was handed a 10-second punishment by the stewards but was inactive capable to triumph the race and chopped Verstappen's title pb to conscionable 8 points.

Jos Verstappen, who started successful 106 races from 1994-2003, told the Dutch paper De Telegraaf that the punishment was inadequate.

"I deliberation a 10-second clip punishment is truly ridiculous," helium said.

"As acold arsenic I'm concerned, they could person disqualified him from the race.

"Max gave him abstraction and conscionable sat successful beforehand of him, truthful you can't overtake connected the inside."

A furore has besides erupted implicit the information that rival squad bosses Toto Wolff (Mercedes) and Christian Horner (Red Bull) visited the stewards successful idiosyncratic arsenic they were deliberating implicit the punishment.

With the contention red-flagged instantly aft the mishap to let the tyre obstruction to beryllium rebuilt, Wolff and Horner argued the lawsuit for their respective drivers.

Horner, however, says that is not on.

"I don't deliberation stewards should beryllium interfered with," Horner said.

"They request to beryllium clear-headed to marque those decisions, I went to spot them due to the fact that I heard Toto was up there, presenting a case.

The presumption from Lewis Hamilton's car arsenic helium hits Max Verstappen astatine the British Grand Prix. (Sky Sports)

"You privation it to beryllium just and balanced, I don't deliberation anyone should beryllium allowed to spot them during the people of the GP."

What Horner wasn't alert of was that Wolff had been told to spot the stewards by nary different than F1 contention manager Michael Masi.

In squad vigor transmissions that were broadcast during the reddish emblem period, Wolff was heard trying to equine a lawsuit for Hamilton's defence nonstop to Masi.

"Michael, I conscionable sent you an email with the diagrams wherever the cars should be, did you person it?" Wolff asked.

"Toto, I don't entree my emails during the race, deliberately, to ore connected the race," Masi replied.

"I suggest if you privation to, Toto, consciousness escaped to spell upstairs and spot the stewards directly."

Masi has besides since clarified that the consequences of the clang are not taken into relationship erstwhile determining a punishment.

The Australian said the information that the clang eliminated the satellite title person and resulted successful him being sent to infirmary wasn't considered by the stewards.

"This came done discussions anterior to my clip betwixt each of the teams, the FIA and F1, and the squad principals were each rather adamant, is that you should not see the consequences successful an incident," Masi said.

Red Bull brag Christian Horner. (Getty)

"So, erstwhile they justice an incident, they justice the incidental itself and the merits of the incident, not what happens afterwards arsenic a consequence. And that's been thing that the stewards person done for galore years.

"And person been advised to bash from apical down. And I'm talking squad engagement and truthful forth. So, that's the mode that the stewards justice it due to the fact that commencement taking consequences into account, there's truthful galore variables, alternatively than judging the incidental itself connected its merits."

Lewis Hamilton lifts the British Grand Prix trophy. (Getty)

Writing for the-race.com, erstwhile Jordan method manager Gary Anderson highlighted the outgo to Red Bull for the accident, a immense setback for the squad present that a outgo headdress has been introduced. While teams volition person budgeted for repairs, the size of the measure volition apt mean Red Bull has to compromise elsewhere to wage for it.

"To beryllium judged astatine responsibility and to get lone a clip punishment for pushing different operator disconnected the way conscionable shows that the punishment strategy is not capable and doesn't acceptable the crime," Anderson wrote.

"For Red Bull, this mishap harm has outgo it astir apt successful excess of ($1.8m) successful harm and each it prompted was a 10-second penalty."

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