What if FIA Find Lewis Hamilton Guilty & Hand Him a Severe Punishment for Max Verstappen Crash in Silverstone

Published 07/28/2021, 5:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Just as the controversy surrounding the British GP incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen seemed to subside, the latter’s F1 team, Red Bull, demanded that the Briton’s 10-second penalty wouldn’t suffice the damage done to the rival team and requested a ‘right to review.’

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A legal team had done the much-needed work in the background. And now, with Red Bull pushing for a review of the incident, the focus shifts onto the FIA’s response. If they find a unique angle in the case, the FIA will review the incident from scratch.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after finishing second Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

This has led to major concerns over what will happen to Hamilton if the FIA does prove the seven-time world champion guilty. Well, the least that could happen is that Hamilton will be disqualified from the British Grand Prix.

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Although the Briton will get to keep the 2 points earned from the F1 Sprint, the hefty 25 points will fall into the hands of Charles Leclerc. Hence, Hamilton’s gap to Verstappen on the championship table will go back up to 33 points rather than the present 8 points.

Changes to the race result if Lewis Hamilton faces disqualification

The Mercedes driver’s removal from the British GP would mean that Ferrari’s Leclerc will win his third F1 race. What’s more, Lando Norris will get to fill the final podium spot ahead of his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian, too, will embrace his highest-ever finish for McLaren.

With a P6, Alonso will equal his highest finishing position for Alpine ahead of Lance Stroll and the other Alpine of Esteban Ocon. And finally, Pierre Gasly will find his way back into the top 10, securing a double-point finish for AlphaTauri.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates after finishing in third place REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Looking at the driver’s championship, there won’t be much change to the order. But, the interesting thing to notice is that Norris will only be 36 adrift of seven-time world champion. Similarly, Sergio Perez will fall under threat from Leclerc, who will only be 17 points away from the Mexican.

But, of course, if the FIA sees a race ban as extremely harsh, they could well opt for another 10 to 20 second-worth time penalty. In that case, Hamilton will remain as one of the podium-finishers, but will fall down to P3, giving up his positions to both Leclerc and Bottas.

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So, how is the reality going to play out? Will Hamilton suffer disqualification from the British Grand Prix? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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