Ferrari asks FIA to review Sebastian Vettel’s Mexican GP penalty

Sebastian Vettel dropped from third to fifth following a 10-second penalty after the Mexican Grand Prix. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Ferrari has asked the FIA to review the penalty that Sebastian Vettel received in Mexico for moving under braking while defending from Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel received a time penalty that dropped him from third to fifth. However, his team now believes that new evidence has emerged that allows it to challenge the decision.

A statement from the team read: “Scuderia Ferrari has submitted a request to the Stewards of the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix to review their decision to penalize Sebastian Vettel for breach of Article 27.5 of the 2016 F1 Sporting Regulations as a consequence of his driving behavior in Turn 4 of lap 70.

“This has been the first application of Article 27.5 of the 2016 F1 Sporting Regulations as interpreted on the basis of the Race Director's notes on ‘defensive maneuvers’ and effective from the 2016 US Grand Prix.

“Scuderia Ferrari considers that a number of new elements have come to light after the decision was rendered that make the decision reviewable under Article 14.1 of the International Sporting Code.

“Scuderia Ferrari is aware that championship rankings will not change, regardless of the outcome. But in light of its importance as a precedent for the future, and in order to provide clarity in the application of the rules in future events, Scuderia Ferrari believes that the decision should be reconsidered by the Stewards.”

Earlier on Thursday, Vettel made it clear that he did not agree with the original decision: “Obviously I don’t agree with the decision that was made. I think I moved over once to defend my position, after that yeah, I think I gave Daniel enough room on the inside; I kept the car straight for more than the majority of the braking, so I think the reason why, from my point of view, why Daniel locked up so bad is because there was no grip on the inside and it’s something that I think we all knew.

“There were people locking up on other corners when they were offline, so I think it actually looks a bit worse than it was. I don’t think it was actually dangerous for Daniel at that point but OK, I have to deal with the decision.”