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Ferrari lodges intent to appeal Vettel's five-second time penalty

  • Published on 10 Jun 2019 00:27
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari has lodged its intent to appeal the Stewards' decision to award Sebastian Vettel a time penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel was denied victory after he was handed a five-second time penalty for re-joining the track unsafely ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

The penalty dropped him to P2, while he remained in front of Charles Leclerc in what was Ferrari's first double podium finish of the season.

Ferrari now has 96 hours to decide whether or not they wish to go through the full appeal, in which it would be required to provide new evidence.

It is the second time this season that Ferrari has come close to victory after an engine issue denied Charles Leclerc late on at the Bahrain Grand Prix.


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  • f1ski

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    Need to see hamiltons throttle braking input he was stupid to try to beat a car to the outside that might have hit the wall. A car on the grass has as much directional control as a car on wet ice. As hamilton saw this he should have slowed to under cut vettels car

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 01:25
    • dr002

      Posts: 136

      So true.

      As can be seen from my previous posts Vettel's not high on my list of favourite drivers, but I really feel for him in this situation.

      Yes, Hamilton was forcing Vettel to drive on the edge, and yes, Hamilton forced Vettel to make an error, but it should be up to Hamilton to capitalise on that error on the track, not by winging to the officials and relying on a literal interpretation of a technicality in a rule, the intent of which was no doubt to prevent a driver from 'deliberately' impeding the racing line in order to 'gain an advantage'.

      Nothing even remotely happened like that in this situation. Vettel was racing on the edge, he made an error and recovered to the best of his ability, and as stated above, given Vettel's likely trajectory in such circumstances, Hamilton would no doubt have known that an overtake on the outside was merely wishful thinking, if not, extremely unlikely.

      The only upshot of imposing such a decision is to incentivise drivers to NOT take any chances by driving on the edge. Just stupid and not in the spirit of the sport.

      Given Hamilton's questionable sportsmanship in the past I'm not surprised he put his hand up for a ref's call, but my estimation of Wolf for defending such an outcome in the interviews after the race has been tarnished. I wonder what Niki, a true racer, would have thought.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 02:16
    • dr002

      Posts: 136

      Apologies, I misspelt winging, I meant whinging, as in 'Whinging Pom'.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 02:25
    • Preposterous. Funny how the outrage is pushing people to the extreme opposite end of the spectrum

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 16:09
    • True, but at the same time Hammy has the reasonable expectation that Vettel should enter the track safely. It's not on Hamster to slow down to make sure the other driver is being safe. Usually drivers will not slow down when they see someone go off the track, they leave that guy in the dust. The stewards got it right. Vettel made a mistake under pressure and when returning to the track forced Ham off the track. End of story, no appeal needed.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 19:15
    • No mate, entirely disagree, as a racer you would be criticised for not going for the gap, he'd spent the whole race seeking a chance and that was the only one he might have got. This is about Vettel's driving and mistakes, nothing more.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 21:55
    • dr002

      Posts: 136

      My point is that when a driver makes a mistake, it should be up to an other driver to capitalise on the mistake on the track, not by appealing to the stewards on a technicality.

      Vettel made one of his many mistakes due to the pressure Hamilton was putting on him. The overtake was never on on the outside, but likely was had he tried on the inside.

      In any case, it should be about the 'on track' racing and 'encouraging' drivers to race on the edge, not crying to the ref.

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      • Jun 12 2019 - 01:26
  • I just hope that f1 realise how foolish it was to issue the penalty and Ferrari’s appeal is successful.

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 11:38
    • Nothing will change and Ferrari knows it. This is Ferrari keeping the narrative alive and protecting their driver from what should have been a straight victory, but another major mistake under pressure jeopardized that

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 16:10
    • Won't happen mate - it's nailed on, to do otherwise will create all sorts of problems with drivers claiming 'undriveable' situations to cover for their mistakes. If you drive at or over the edge, when errors come there will be penalties, if that was gravel it would have been a different outcome - as it is, second place is hardly the end of the world.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 21:58


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