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Ferrari confirms it won't appeal Vettel's penalty

  • Published on 13 Jun 2019 14:15
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari will not be appealing the penalty that saw it lose the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel received a five-second time penalty after the stewards determined he rejoined the track unsafely at Turn 3 while leading the race and under pressure from Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton subsequently took the race win and Mercedes' seventh consecutive win of the year, while Ferrari is yet to take to the top step of the podium.

After the race, Ferrari confirmed that it had lodged its intent to appeal the penalty, and had 96 hours to collect as much evidence as it could to present to the FIA.

However, Ferrari has now confirmed that it will not appeal the penalty.

But Ferrari says that it is still working on gathering evidence as it may use the FIA's 'right of review' to analyse the situation as time penalties are not allowed to be appealed under F1's sporting regulations. 

Under F1's own Sporting Code, Article 14.1.1 states: "If a significant and relevant new element is discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the competition concerned, whether or not the stewards have already given a ruling, these stewards or, failing this, those designated by the FIA, must meet (in person or by other means) on a date agreed amongst themselves, summoning the party or parties concerned to hear any relevant explanations and to judge in the light of the facts and elements brought before them."

What this essentially means is that Ferrari needs to present new and pivotal evidence to the FIA and race stewards that were present in Canada, or failing that, newly assigned stewards.

Ferrari will have 14 days to pursue this route, which means the team has until race day at the French Grand Prix to submit its evidence.


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  • So we could end up in France not knowing who has won this race?

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    • Jun 13 2019 - 14:45
    • More or less, but I think the penalty will remain. If not for it being right (and it was a grayzone situation IMO, neither or either is correct), then because the stewards tend to be proud and refuse revoking them even when they should.

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      • Jun 13 2019 - 17:15
    • it would be funny if it changed. Would be huge

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      • Jun 13 2019 - 21:48
  • mcbhargav

    Posts: 973

    Good decision. Now, Ferrari saves time, F1 saves face.

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    • Jun 13 2019 - 21:32
    • Saves face by having the same winner for the 9th time in a row?

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      • Jun 13 2019 - 21:49
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 408

    Still a wrong decision for me and if it means there was no choice either way because of the rules then the rules need changing or amendments added. Yet another knife edge race ruined. Just think of so many walks of motorsport - globally - if every tussle was at risk of the “Spanish Inquisition”. This isn’t a sport of gentlemanly conduct. They’ll get to penalising a chasing driver for pushing too hard and causing someone to crash.

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    • Jun 13 2019 - 22:44

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