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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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  • Rapierman

    Well done for the FIA. They refused to fall prey to Hamilton’s manipulation. At least someone was thinking.

  • jiji the cat

    thanks for the vids.
    I think there will be many a passionate fan that will try to dismiss what the FIA is saying and also that the Vids you show, well, “thats different”. wait for it, it will come.

    • The Massa incident was two drivers not int he title hunt and in that way they are different for sure but Alonso was in the hunt and that really ended right there. These things happen and Lewis has done them himself so I think we could at least add some balance to the discussion. :) I am also old enough to know that people like a villain for their hero so fair enough. Vettel was the man last year, Nico is this year.

      • Lewis doing this though, as stated in another post, was not racing his teammate in that case. This was just outright stupid by Nico. Like they all agreed, it should have been an easy peasy 1-2 finish.

  • Louis, Amsterdam

    The incident was judged by the stewards at the race and no concrete new facts have emerged. All the talk and spin by Lewis does not influence those facts. So we look forward to Monza and know that all that talk in the pits and on the internet is of no concrete value.

  • Andreas

    There’s nothing for FIA to work with here, unless Mercedes themselves produce a transcript of the meeting with some sort of incriminating statement from Nico in it. Don’t really see that happening, for some reason :-) Nah, this is Mercedes’ headache – it involves team-mates taking each other out (a definite no-no in any team), as well as telling the media about what was said in an internal meeting (again, not very popular). None of those really involves the FIA.

    By the way, Horner said there was 30-1 odds on Ricciardo winning the Belgian GP, and lamented he hadn’t made a bet himself. I wonder what the odds on RIC winning the WDC are?

    • Even if there was information or a reinvestigation, should allowing them to take each other out if they so choose be punishment enough?

      • Andreas

        That’s a tough one. Was Piquet Jr taking himself out in Singapore ’08 punishment enough? On the other hand, this time it’s team mates battling each other, so you could well argue that you can let them sort it out themselves. I think that for FIA to get involved, it’d need to be something that clearly brings the sport into disrepute. And I don’t see that here. Nico for sure deserves the Donkey award for trying to prove a point this way – had he been in front, chopping Lewis off (and forcing any wrath from the team for causing a collision on him) would have been a better message. Coming from behind, insisting on an impossible overtake that ends up damaging both cars? Not so much. But it shouldn’t be a matter for the FIA, if the race stewards didn’t feel the need to intervene.

    • Rapierman

      Still a little long, but not as long as before. ;-)

      • Andreas

        Obviously, I had to check :-) As of right now, on the site I checked Rosberg is at 1,55 and Hamilton 2,40 while Ricciardo would pay 40:1…

  • This was a cold calculated risk on Nico’s part. He knew exactly what he was doing and took on the risk.

    Bad Nico, bad!

  • JimmyClarkFan

    Thank you Negative Camber for bringing some balance and common sense to the discussion of this incident. So rare in the English-language media when Lewis is involved. They reserve such ‘vitriol and accusations of deliberate intent’ only when Lewis is perceived as the ‘victim’.

    Strangely, the British media response was overall far more restrained after the most definitive example of championship-deciding deliberate intent to prevent the opponent’s win – Schumacher hitting Damon Hill in Adelaide back in 1994. I guess Damon has never mastered the art of media manipulation, clearly the domain of Lewis’ expertise.