The FIA will not open an investigation into the incident between Mercedes teammates, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, as there is no justification for doing so according to an FIA representative telling the Daily Mail:
‘The FIA will not intervene in this issue. Only a “new element” that would have appeared after the results became final could justify us opening an investigation. A comment alleged to have been made in an internal briefing and later denied by the team itself does not constitute such a “new element”.’
I’ve read a few commentaries on the incident claiming this lack of a penalty is a dangerous precedent and that the FIA should have either handed out a penalty or reconvene to investigate the situation. That kind of thinking seems a tad heavy handed to me if I’m honest.
The FIA didn’t hand out penalties for Alonso clouting the back of Sebastian Vettel’s car last weekend nor has it handed out penalties for Kimi Raikkonen pulling a Rosberg at Japan in 2012 against Alonso and cutting his tire down when the Spaniard was clearly in the title hunt. Here’s a video in case you’ve forgotten:
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Lewis himself has cut down a tire or two such as Felipe Massa in Singapore back in 2011 so this type of incident is common in Formula 1. What isn’t common is the rhetoric, vitriol and accusations of deliberate intent which is why fans and pundits are all talking about the incident.
Maybe this video might show what happened to Lewis at Spa but with the shoe on the other foot:
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