The FIA is to convene on Monday (3rd July) to launch an investigation into Sebastian Vettel’s collision with Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which could lead to further punishment.
The Ferrari driver, who was initially handed a 10-second stop-go penalty last week-end for intentionally hitting the Mercedes’ driver, is to face the judgement of motor racing’s governing body.
A statement from the FIA reads:
“Following the recent incident at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in which Car 5 (Vettel) was involved in a collision with Car 44 (Hamilton), on Monday 3rd July, the FIA will further examine the causes of the incident in order to evaluate whether further action is necessary.
A statement regarding the outcome of this process will be made available before the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix.”
It is currently unclear what further punishment could be given to Vettel, but CentralSector predicts that an exclusion from the Azerbaijan results would be the most justifiable.
Vettel’s punishment split opinions on Sunday, not least with Hamilton, who argued that “Ten seconds is not enough for driving like that.” However, others thought the ten second stop-go fitted the crime.
In the situation where the investigation leads to the FIA deciding that further action is required, a Tribunal meeting would be likely, in which sanctions would be discussed.
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