Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel penalty review from Canada rejected by FIA
Race stewards throw out Ferrari's request as team fail to present 'significant and relevant new elements'; Hamilton therefore keeps Canada win; Ferrari used Karun's Sky F1 analysis as part of evidence
Last Updated: 21/06/19 7:36pm
Ferrari have failed in their attempt to overturn Sebastian Vettel's race-losing Canadian GP penalty after stewards threw out their request for a review.
The decision, which followed a hearing on Friday where Ferrari had to present 'new evidence' in a bid to change the Montreal result, means Lewis Hamilton's victory stands with Vettel second.
Race stewards reconvened with Ferrari's Laurent Mekies ahead of the French GP but ruled that they were shown "no significant and relevant new elements which were unavailable to the parties at the time of the competition".
Vettel was adjudged to have rejoined the track unsafely in Canada, causing Lewis Hamilton to take evasive action, when he ran off the track at Turn Four - and he was promptly issued a five-second penalty which cost him the race.
When's the French GP on Sky?
After the contention and drama of Montreal, F1 2019 heads back to Europe and the French Grand Prix.
Ferrari initially said they were going to appeal the decision, before heading down the 'right to review' path.
And Mekies told Sky F1 before Friday's meeting that the team "wanted the win back" and that they had "overwhelming evidence" that showed Vettel didn't breach the regulations.
But the FIA's decision leaves Ferrari with no other options on the penalty and means they are still waiting for their first victory of the season, while Vettel's drought stretches for 15 races.
What did Ferrari use as their evidence?
According to the FIA, Ferrari showed race stewards Sky F1 pundit Karun Chandhok's SkyPad analysis after the race as part of their evidence.
They also used...
- Analysis of the telemetry data of VET's car, including car attitude channels
- A video analysis of the camera views (front view, top view, onboard cameras of VET and HAM) prepared after the race
- A video of VET's face camera, which was released by F1 Limited after the race
- Post-race and video images
- Analysis of the GPS racing line data of both HAM and VET in the Situation lap and in the previous race laps
- Witness statement of VET (the "VET WS").
But the FIA retorted that five of the seven elements were available at the time of their original decision, Karun's piece was a 'personal opinion by a third party' while Vettel's face camera was not 'significant and relevant' as it could also be seen in another video.
How did Ferrari react to the decision?
Vettel joked to Sky F1's Ted Kravitz that he should "retire" after hearing news of the verdict, before launching another attack on F1's rules.
"Everybody is to blame," he said. "If you are unhappy with how we race and how we drive, then build different tracks. It's as easy as that. Don't build car parks with lines and kerbs on it, like that one.
"Anyway, it is what it is. As I said, there are too many paragraphs. What can you change, how can you change? Just burn the papers."
The German added: "We have so many pages in our regulations that if you want I think you find the paragraph that suits.
"We don't share the opinion of the stewards during the race and we thought that we could bring something new. It's disappointing that it doesn't go any further but, that's it, we have to move on."
Mattia Binotto spoke to reporters on Friday evening and issued one short statement on the decision: "I think there is no doubt that as Ferrari we are all very unhappy and disappointed.
"We are disappointed, certainly for Ferrari, but we are disappointed for the fans and for our sport."
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