Jul.28 - F1's governing body will on Thursday hear a protest lodged by Red Bull against the lenient penalty imposed on Lewis Hamilton by stewards at Silverstone.

Max Verstappen saw his championship lead slashed when he crashed at flat-out Copse corner on the opening lap of the recent British GP.

"I'm a little bruised of course but that's normal after such a big impact but I'm training and feeling good," the Dutchman said on Tuesday.

Verstappen, 23, did a 24-hour race on his home simulator over the weekend to test his reactions, and he said he felt "absolutely fine".

"My cats are getting on the simulator," he laughed during the live stream of the race. "I hope it doesn't jump under the brake pedal because I will make it a pancake.

"I'll call them Toto and Lewis," he joked.

Much more seriously, meanwhile, the FIA confirmed that Red Bull did indeed follow up on its threat to formally dissent from Hamilton's 10-second in-race penalty for causing the crash - which still enabled him to win the race.

The document called on Red Bull's team manager "and such witnesses as the competitor may request" to appear for the protest hearing via video link at 4pm local time in Hungary on Thursday.

Early speculation is that the 'new evidence' that Red Bull would need to proffer to be successful is the personal testimony of Verstappen.

"I know what happened at Silverstone as I was in the car," Verstappen said on Tuesday, "and obviously I feel a certain way about how my race ended.

"The team can take care of the official side of things and anything that needs looking into after the crash but my job is the same as always - to be the best I can and try to win on Sunday."


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28 F1 Fan comments on “Verstappen set to testify in Red Bull Racing F1 protest

      • Eric Mullenmeister

        You couldn’t be more correct if the shoe was on the other foot Max would’ve been suspended. It was pretty obvious when George drove Hamilton‘s car it was obviously the best car and anyone of five drivers could have won seven championships. And what a joke Hamilton has been getting booed at the last couple of races so he comes up with this act of being debilitated by COVID. Did Hamilton look debilitated in the Hungarian race? The answer is clearly no!!!

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          • Eric Mullenmeister

            Hamilton is in fact a BS artist. Whenever he’s in a tough spot and unable to drive his way forward he always has a reason tires track conditions traffic. The last piece of BS artistryWas when he claimed to be ill and dizzy when in reality he was trying to get sympathy because he’s getting booed at every race. Just wait until he gets to the Dutch Grand Prix they’ll bow him out of the stadium and I can’t wait. Go Max

  1. Ayolaw

    It is doubtful if Verstappen's knowledge of what happened will qualify as the sort of significant new evidence that will justify allowing the steward's verdict to be open to review.

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    • Eric Mullenmeister

      Doesn’t matter what we’re stopping says it was clearly Hamilton intentionally wrecking Max after a helter-skelter crazy driving half lap because his ego couldn’t stand Max beating him off the starting line and winning the race. Hamilton is nowhere nearThe GOAT

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  2. ReallyOldRacer

    "My cats are getting on the simulator," he laughed during the live stream of the race. "I hope it doesn't jump under the brake pedal because I will make it a pancake."

    Interesting that in this situation what comes to VER's mind, even jokingly, is violence. Daddy training laid bare. Apple and tree syndrome. Might be a bit of insight into the Copse crash. I'm just sayin'.

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  3. Vettel fan

    It was actually very fun for the cats to be called Toto and Lewis. I find it strange that there is no harsher punishment when you cause an accident and the opponent has to break the race. Lewis thought so himself when Vettel drove into him on purpose so that Lewis almost flew out of the car when his protection came loose. Then it was complained that Vettel received too little punishment. It will not be that difficult to win a championship if your car is superior to the others and that you as a driver can drive other drivers off the track and know that you can still win because you know you can catch up with the penalty time.

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  4. Wael ali

    If I was one of the stewards, I would call out Red Bull’s BS out on the spot and kick them out of the meeting. What happens if Max does that and causes an injury to someone? What will Red Bull say? Is this the kind of guy the sport wants to endorse as its future? I’m saying this, if Red Bull loose the championship they will go to the European court of Justice to get Hamilton and Merc disqualified. I am now developing strong options towards Helmut now

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    • shroppyfly

      I dont want to use the word but i will so, BREXIT , since GB has left the European union , It is no longer bound by the rulings of the Court of European Justice, hence Britain therefore can no longer apply to the ECJ to deliver/hear cases

      So in reference to your post , no they won't

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  5. Marco

    Funny how this still trying to mess things around.
    Said before, and will repeat as many times as I can: let go.
    "Max" cur in front of Hamilton more than 1 time. Just retarding the breaking point and throwing the car in front of your competitor, does not means that the curve is yours. In the previous ones, he had the "advantage" of the rules, but in that one... Not sure what was worst, to see stewards giving 10's to Hamilton or the "defense" of Red Bull (kind of acceptable, it is his team, and they will do whatever they can for an advantage or win, however they say that they would not). As Senna put so well one time, if you have a gap, and do not go for it, you are not racing

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    • Adrian Roscher

      Lewis front left hit Max's right rear BEFORE the apex - 100% Lewis' fault - unlike Senna, Lewis did NOT "have a gap" - he had a crash waiting to happen that thankfully didn't injure or kill Max or any spectators. Lewis needs to sit out a race at least.

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      • f1award

        Of course there was a gap, Max was wide and knew LH was on the inside before turning his wheel to the right. As to the weaving MV did on the first lap, that should result in points.

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        • Adrian Roscher

          Nope, no gap, only perhaps in Lewis' (and your) imaginations - Lewis was clearly at fault, the stewards penalized him for it - the only issue is the insufficiency of the penalty - in legal terms, trial is over, guilt has been established, and we're arguing the penalty phase. I submit an inconsequential (to the race outcome) 10-sec penalty is the racing equivalent to a slap on the wrist for dangerous misconduct that put one person in the hospital and could easily have been far worse.

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Simple really. Check the data. HAM was slowing and sliding out, while VER was full chat turning in.....voila, LF to RR impact. Both drivers made bad decisions. In that scenario the car on the outside usually loses.

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      • Adrian Roscher

        wrong - I don't know what "data" you refer to; I watched it live and in numerous replays from various angles. Going into the corner, Max left Lewis enough space to take the inside line, albeit that would've required his Sirness to lift just a tad and concede the corner to its rightful owner, Max, which Lewis failed to do, went in too fast, lost front grip (obvious on the replay) and plowed his left front into Max's right rear at highest speed corner on the track. A very dangerous and clumsy move that could've easily done far more damage to Max, if not worse, had he gone airborne and into the fence/crowd. Lewis should not be racing this wknd, period.

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    • Ayolaw

      Lewis's front wheel did not hit Max's rear tyre. The front of Max's rear tyre hit the back of Lewis's front tyre, and that happened because shortly before the impact Lewis had reduced his speed but Max continued at his own speed or increased his speed., expecting Lewis to have disappeared from the corner

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      • Adrian Roscher

        That is arguably the dumbest comment I've ever seen on this site! Were they going in high-speed reverse? NO! So indeed, Lewis, who was given room by Max, provided that Lewis lifted, instead went in way too hot, lost front grip and clumsily plowed into Max. It's all on multiple angle video for all to see. All you blind Lewis fans need to be more objective - the stewards found Lewis at fault, albeit giving him an absurdly light non-penalty.

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        • shroppyfly

          i agree lewis had more room to use, to his right, but choose not to use it, would that have prevented the accident , who knows but, there was more room...............

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  6. Dave McKinnon

    I came to dislike Senna and Hamilton for a similar reason: they seemed to share the belief "I'm the best and deserve for everyone to get out of my way and let me by." There are gentlemanly drivers: Webber, Alonso, Schumacher, and there are bully drivers. Lewis and all knowledgeable knew the Red Bull was later-braking and faster in corners, yet still tried to push through a closing door. I too think he should have had a much larger penalty, and that Mercedes should have paid to Red Bull the $1+ million repair. But then, them ain't the roolz, izum?

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