Ferrari have confirmed that they have requested the right to review on Sebastian Vettel’s race-win-deciding Canadian Grand Prix penalty.The five-second time penalty was awarded to Vettel during the race in Montreal, following an incident where he left the track, driving over a grassy run-off area and then was deemed to have rejoined the track in an unsafe fashion.
Immediately following the race, Ferrari notified the FIA that they intended to appeal the penalty, although final classification was issued with Hamilton as the winner.
The FIA appeals process then gave Ferrari 96 hours to lodge their protest against the decision. Rather than let that expire (which has no consequence, if a team do not lodge an appeal) Ferrari chose to notify the ruling body that they were withdrawing their intention to appeal last Thursday.
At the time, the team indicated that they could still protest the penalty under a different aspect of FIA regulation, the right to review.
Article 14 of the FIA’s International Sporting Code, a regulatory document that governs all FIA championships including Formula One, details a ‘Right to Review’ for any decision taken by FIA stewards:
14.1.1 If, in Competitions forming part of an FIA Championship, cup, trophy, challenge or series, or of an international series, 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.
Using this Right to Review would be conditional on Ferrari finding new evidence, which was unavailable to the stewards when taking their original decision during the Canadian Grand Prix.
Ferrari had 14 days after the original decision to request the right to review, taking them up to the date of the French Grand Prix. According to the current stewarding schedule, at least one steward from Canada will take up the role again this weekend in France.
Today, a Ferrari spokesperson said the team have now requested the right of review, as per the conditions laid out in Article 14 of the International Sporting Code. The team must now submit new evidence, which will be evaluated as to whether it is ‘significant and relevant’ to the decision by the stewards, before the incident can be reviewed.
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