Formula One teams will be penalised if staff members visit stewards during an investigation after Toto Wolff and Christian Horner spoke to officials at Silverstone amid row over Lewis Hamilton’s crash with Max Verstappen

Formula One teams have been told they will be penalised if an uninvited staff member visits the stewards during a live investigation – as the fallout from Lewis Hamilton’s crash with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix continues. In an email sent to the teams, seen by the PA news agency, Masi said he wanted to ‘clarify the manner in which a competitor, their duly authorised representatives and/or drivers are permitted access to the stewards’ office.’. He added: ‘Access to the stewards’ office is strictly limited to the stewards, the stewards’ secretary and the stewards operator. Masi said: ‘I suggest if you want to, Toto, feel free to go upstairs and see the stewards directly.’. Speaking after the race, Horner said: ‘I don’t think the stewards should be interfered with. I went to see the stewards because I heard Toto was up there presenting a case and you want it to be fair and balanced. ‘I don’t think it’s right that team principals should be able to go and lobby the stewards.

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