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FIA reject Ferrari's bid to have Vettel's Canada penalty reviewed

  • Published on 21 Jun 2019 16:47
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari has failed in its bid to have Sebastian Vettel's time penalty from the Canadian Grand Prix appealed. 

Ferrari was called to a hearing on Friday afternoon at the Circuit Paul Ricard, as earlier this week it stated its intent to appeal the time penalty that cost it victory in Montreal.

Sebastian Vettel ran through the grass at Turn 3 while battling Lewis Hamilton two weeks ago and was deemed to have rejoined the circuit dangerously, which saw him receive a costly penalty. 

Following the second free practice session, it was confirmed that the situation would not go any further, despite new evidence that Ferrari brought to the stewards.

The Maranello squad brought telemetry from Vettel's car to the stewards, relating to the incident in question, while also camera shots of Vettel's off-track excursion from multiple views.

An analysis of Vettel's rejoin was also done by Sky F1 pundit Karun Chandhok after the race, which Ferrari used as evidence.

It was ruled that the video piece conducted by the former Grand Prix driver was “new but not significant and relevant as this is a personal opinion by a third party”.

Ferrari also presented a camera view that was positioned in front of Vettel's face, however the stewards ruled that it was “not significant and relevant as the evidence contained in this video footage can be seen within other available video”.

The decision brings an official end to the saga that has rumbled on since the Canadian Grand Prix, and solidifies Mercedes' run of nine consecutive victories. 

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  • disappointed but not surprised

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    • Jun 21 2019 - 17:06
  • Hardly surprising. It was either down to "no, we think this was right" or "we should probably have made a different choice, but now we've done it and we'd look silly if we revoked it". And as I've said before: the damage has already been done. The instant it was dealt the race was over.

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    • Jun 21 2019 - 17:25
  • I think, Ferrari already knows that it wont be revoked. But, it helps in the future reviews to add additional pressure.

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    • Jun 21 2019 - 17:26
  • boudy

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    I am actually impressed that they handed that penalty out. There are multiple cases in the past were other cars than Ferrari were punished. If they would only had Mercedes an penalty when they infringe. Mercedes doesn't get any punishment maybe that has changed now. Welldone FIA.

    That doesn't mean that I like the penalty though, maybe they should change the rules around cutting corners and track entry or even better would be give an near enough instant ruling.

    The issue for me is whether or not a car that goes of the track(cut the corner) has to hand its position to the following driver. It's not returning to the track business since I am ok with that but the FIA rules aren't.

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    • Jun 21 2019 - 17:56
  • formulaone

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    The penalty was not deserved and it ruined the race, but it is what it is and we need to move on.

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    • Jun 21 2019 - 18:05
  • Coleslaw24

    Posts: 2

    Shame really, but in reality what could be done. The end results cant be changed now

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    • Jun 21 2019 - 23:42

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