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Ferrari to meet stewards before French GP over Vettel’s penalty

Ferrari to meet stewards before French Grand Prix over Sebastian Vettel’s controversial Montreal penalty that cost him first victory of the season after discovering new evidence

  • Sebastian Vettel was given a five-second penalty at the Canadian Grand Prix
  • Ferrari driver was controversially hit with penalty after unsafe return to circuit
  • Italian outfit had appealed decision before withdrawing challenge four days later
  • But team now cite new evidence as they prepare for steward meeting on Friday
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Ferrari’s case to review Sebastian Vettel’s five-second penalty which lost him the Canadian Grand Prix will be heard on Friday afternoon.

Members of the Italian team will meet with the stewards ahead of the French Grand Prix, the FIA, Formula One’s governing body, has confirmed.

They will put forward their case for the controversial punishment to be re-opened, citing the emergence of new evidence.

Sebastian Vettel (left) is consoled by Lewis Hamilton following the Canadian Grand Prix

The Ferrari leader lost grip heading into the turn on his rear tyres and ended up on the grass

He quickly regathered his composure and returned on the track as Hamilton sensed the lead

Ferrari announced their decision to appeal against Vettel’s penalty after the Montreal race before withdrawing their challenge four days later.

However, article 14 of the sporting code – the ‘right to review’ – provides Ferrari with another avenue to pursue the case.

Ferrari are yet to provide details of the new evidence they will present to the stewards.

Vettel was demoted to second behind Lewis Hamilton after the stewards punished him with a five-second penalty for running off the circuit at the third corner before rejoining the track in an “unsafe manner”.

The German heads into this week’s race at the Paul Ricard Circuit 62 points adrift of championship leader Hamilton.

A furious  Vettel moved a first place sign after he saw victory taken off him in Canada

 

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