Ferrari To Appeal Against Five-Second Penalty Given to Sebastian Vettel

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Ferrari has lodged an intention to appeal the stewards’ decision that cost Sebastian Vettel victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

F1’s Sporting Regulations state that appeals over time penalties are not admissible. But there were suggestions in Montreal on Sunday night that should new evidence come to light surrounding the incident Ferrari could still have the decision reviewed if stewards agreed.

Vettel had made a mistake at Turn Three on lap 48 while under pressure from Hamilton, who said he had to back off to avoid hitting the Ferrari.

When he was informed of his penalty over team radio, Vettel complained that “they [the stewards] are stealing the race from us.” After the race, Ferrari confirmed it had lodged its intention to appeal the decision. By announcing its intention to appeal, Ferrari has 96 hours to lodge its formal appeal in which it would be expected to present new evidence to argue its case.

The original stewards’ decision was as follows: “The stewards reviewed video evidence and determined that Car 5, left the track at Turn 3, rejoined the track at Turn 4 in an unsafe manner and forced car 44 off track. Car 44 had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.”

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