Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP.
Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP.

Ferrari to meet Formula One stewards ahead of French Grand Prix

By Alan Baldwin Time of article published Jun 20, 2019

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Le Castellet, France - Ferrari will meet Formula One stewards at the French Grand Prix on Friday after seeking a review of the decision that cost Sebastian Vettel victory in Canada two weeks ago.

The governing FIA said on Thursday that team representatives had been asked to meet the stewards who officiated in Canada at 14h15 local time, after first practice at the Le Castellet circuit.

Ferrari said on Monday that it had requested a review of the stewards' decision to give Vettel a five-second penalty in Montreal.

Vettel had started on pole position and finished first before being demoted to second when the time penalty was added on, giving the victory to Mercedes' five times world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel, a four times world champion, is now 62 points adrift of Hamilton.

Mercedes has won all seven races so far this season, and nine in a row in total when the last two rounds of 2018 are included.

The right of review calls for significant and relevant new evidence that was not available at the time.

Ferrari, which did not protest the actual penalty, has given no details "due to the sensitivity of the matter".

The stewards have sole discretion to determine whether a significant and relevant new element exists.


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