The FIA announced on Tuesday that Purple Bull have protested the penalty that Lewis Hamilton acquired on the Components 1 British Grand Prix, believing it wasn’t harsh sufficient.
This isn’t the primary time an F1 workforce has protested a penalty, however have the FIA ever modified a penalty after a protest, and have they ever elevated the severity of 1 after an enchantment?
James Hunt, McLaren M23
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Has the FIA ever modified a penalty after an enchantment?
There have been many appeals by groups in Components 1, although they’re often made by the groups the choice has gone in opposition to – not the workforce that wasn’t penalised.
One of the vital well-known appeals got here in the course of the 1976 F1 season, when James Hunt and Niki Lauda, of McLaren and Ferrari respectively, have been combating for the championship.
New guidelines governing a automobile’s width have been introduced in on 1 Might, and narrowed the permitted width of the vehicles.
The race, hosted on 2 Might, was received by Hunt, who crossed the road over 30 seconds in entrance of Ferrari’s Lauda. Nevertheless, he was disqualified when post-race scrutineering discovered his automobile to be 1.5cm too huge. This handed Lauda the win.
McLaren, believing the distinction that 1.5cm would have created was negligible and was as a consequence of wider rear tyres, appealed. Two months after the race the enchantment was profitable, and Hunt was reinstated because the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix.
The 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix featured one other controversial penalty, this one in opposition to Ferrari.
Its two drivers, Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine, got here dwelling first and second with McLaren rival Mika Hakkinen in third, giving Irvine a four-point lead within the championship forward of the ultimate race.
That was till stewards discovered an infringement on the bargeboards of the 2 Ferraris, resulting in a disqualification for each.
Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F399, leads Mika Häkkinen, McLaren MP4-14 Mercedes.
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Ferrari appealed the choice and was profitable: the disqualification was overturned, and it was again in first and second. Irvine would go on to lose the championship by two factors to Hakkinen within the last race.
A newer instance comes from 2019, when Sebastian Vettel was penalised for rejoining in an unsafe method in the course of the Canadian Grand Prix.
Vettel was given a five-second penalty in the course of the race, dropping him to second place behind Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari initially supposed to enchantment the choice, nonetheless it will definitely determined in opposition to it.
The latest instance of a penalty being incurred following an enchantment comes from 2020.
5 of the groups appealed the beforehand permitted Racing Level automobile, believing it to be too much like the 2019 Mercedes W10. The enchantment was profitable for the protesting groups, and Racing Level was fined €400,000 and 15 championship factors, however was allowed to maintain the offending components for the rest of the season.
Feeling that the penalty wasn’t harsh sufficient, Ferrari introduced that it will launch one other enchantment in opposition to the ruling, aiming to get much more penalties levied in opposition to Racing Level – although this was finally dropped.
Racing Level additionally withdrew its enchantment in opposition to the ruling, saying it did so “within the wider pursuits of the game”.
Whereas the Racing Level protest was by groups who felt a competitor had an unlawful half, protests in opposition to in-race penalties are uncommon – and even rarer once they aren’t made by the workforce that was penalised.
Has the FIA ever made a penalty harsher?
One of many uncommon cases the place a penalty was elevated was in opposition to Eddie Irvine in Brazil 1994.
Irvine, driving for Jordan, and Jos Verstappen have been coming as much as lap Eric Bernhard when Irvine moved left, forcing Verstappen off the monitor.
The Dutchman misplaced management on the grass and spun again throughout the monitor, gathering Irvine and Bernhard, in addition to Martin Brundle, simply forward of the trio. All 4 needed to retire from the race.
Irvine acquired a advantageous of $10,000 and a one-race suspension. Jordan appealed, however the penalty was truly elevated to a three-race ban.
Whereas the penalty on this occasion was elevated, it got here from the penalised workforce interesting – not a distinct (however nonetheless concerned) workforce attempting to extend the severity of the punishment.