Ferrari F1 team denied ‘right to review’ hearing
Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies felt the team had a chance at winning an appeal; the FIA thought differently.
The Ferrari F1 team lost its “right to review” hearing Friday, so the results of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix will stand; Lewis Hamilton keeps the victory with Sebastian Vettel remaining runner-up.
In the immediate aftermath of the Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari refused to accept that it had not won the race. Vettel had crossed the line first with Hamilton second. With widespread support, Ferrari campaigned the FIA for a “right to review” hearing.
The FIA accepted and Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies headed into a meeting before practice 2 on Friday afternoon at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
Prior to the meeting, Mekies said, “I think the first thing that I would like to underline is that we very much respect the work of the stewards.
“We know that’s it’s a very, very difficult job to take. It’s a complex world, complex races and therefore we are fully supportive of what they are trying to achieve.
“In the aftermath of the Grand Prix of Canada, we had access to a number of new evidence. We looked at them, and for these reasons, we have requested the FIA’s right of review, because we believe this evidence is quite overwhelming when it comes to establishing that Sebastian did not breach any regulations.
“I think going any further would be inappropriate, because the hearing is this afternoon, so we’ll let it to the stewards.”
However, despite the promised overwhelming new evidence promised by Mekies, the FIA felt that nothing they had seen dramatically changed the situation, and the five-second penalty dealt to Vettel remains.
“There are no significant and relevant new elements which were unavailable to the parties at the time of the competition concerned,” read an FIA statement.
“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).”
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