Title rivals Verstappen and Hamilton collided as they fought for the lead at Copse in the first round of the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, resulting in a 51G crash for the Red driver Bull Verstappen.
Hamilton was fined 10 seconds for causing a collision, but recovered to win the race and reduce Verstappen’s championship lead to eight points.
But Red Bull exercised its right to review the incident under the FIA International Sporting Code after its F1 bosses were unhappy with the sanction given to Hamilton, saying it was too lenient.
Cases can be considered if “significant and relevant new evidence” comes to light at the hearing, which will take place in Hungary on Thursday afternoon ahead of this weekend’s grand prix.
Red Bull adviser Marko told RTL on Wednesday the team would use the audience to “bring new facts that were not available to us when the race was halted or when everything was sorted out” , revealing that his main focus had been The State of Verstappen at this time.
Verstappen walked away from the crash, but was left sore and bruised, and was taken to hospital as a precaution before being released following an MRI and CT scan.
“These facts will be presented on Thursday, and we hope that this [result in] a reassessment because we still think that penalty was too lenient for Hamilton, ”said Marko.
The debate over who was responsible for the incident and the severity of the penalty imposed has been fierce in F1 since the accident.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, gets out of his damaged car after crash in first lap
Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Marko claimed that Red Bull’s “completely different opinion” would be “proven by pictures”, adding: “The crux of the matter is that we are bringing new evidence, new facts. But I cannot reveal these details.
Marko said immediately after the Verstappen crash that Hamilton should be banned for the next race, and hoped the new evidence Red Bull provided would lead to a different examination of the incident.
When asked what penalty would suit Hamilton, Marko replied, “A penalty that would have prevented a win would be appropriate.
“So drive or ban the next race, something along those lines.
“But it depends on the stewards. First of all, we are very happy that this reopening has taken place. And now we will see how they judge it.
“But I think what we have to offer will present it in a slightly different light.”