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Officials dismiss Vettel’s Canadian GP penalty review

Mat Coch

Saturday 22nd June, 2019 - 2:07am

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Sebastian Vettel

Officials have dismissed Ferrari’s request to review the penalty handed to Sebastian Vettel during the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel had five seconds added to his finishing time in Montreal after an off track excursion on Lap 48.

Reviewed by officials, it was deemed that the Ferrari driver rejoined the circuit in an unsafe manner, a decision which ultimately saw Lewis Hamilton handed the race win.

Following the race, Ferrari announced its intention to firstly appeal the decision before confirming it would request a review.

As part of that process, the Italian squad submitted seven pieces of ‘new’ evidence which it believed were not available at the time of the stewards’ original decision.

However, upon reviewing that submission in France on Friday, officials rejected the petition (full decision below).

In doing so, it dismissed five of the seven pieces of evidence as not new, since they were available prior to the stewards’ decision being made.

They also dismissed the submission of Sky Sports analysis of the incident by Karun Chandhok as opinion, though conceded video of Vettel’s face during the incident was new, but not significant as the evidence it contained was available from alternate angles.

As a result Vettel’s penalty remains unchanged from when it was first handed down.

FIA decision in full

The Stewards received a petition from Scuderia Ferrari for them to review, in accordance with Article 14 of the FIA International Sporting Code, the following decision made by the Stewards at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix Competition:

Document 42 – 2019 Canadian Grand Prix.

The Stewards, summoned the team (Document 47) and held a hearing at 14:15 on Friday 21st June, 2019. The Stewards heard the team representative, Laurent Mekies, who made a presentation to the Stewards. Having examined the evidence presented by the team, the Stewards determine the following:

Decision:

There are no significant and relevant new elements which were unavailable to the parties at the time of the competition concerned.

Reasons :

According to Article 14 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 2.2 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, only those elements may be regarded as “new”, which have not been available to Scuderia Ferrari before the end of the Event (18:44 on June 9, 2019 – end of scrutineering).

Scuderia Ferrari presented the following elements in the hearing :

(i) analysis of the telemetry data of VET’s car, including car attitude channels;

(ii) a video analysis of the camera views (front view, top view, onboard cameras of VET and HAM) prepared after the race;

(iii) a video analysis performed by Karun Chandhok for Sky Sports after the race;

(iv) a video of VET’s face camera, which was released by F1 Limited after the race;

(v) post-race and video images;

(vi) analysis of the GPS racing line data of both HAM and VET in the Situation lap and in the previous race laps; and

(vii) Witness statement of VET (the “VET WS”).

Elements (i), (ii), (v), (vi) & (vii) were available before the end of the competition.

Element (iii) was new but not significant and relevant as this is a personal opinion by a third party.

Element (iv) was new but not significant and relevant as the evidence contained in this video footage can be seen within other available video.

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