Formula 1’s governing body the FIA has rejected Ferrari’s attempt to overturn Sebastian Vettel’s five-second time penalty in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Ferrari chose to appeal the sanction through a ‘right to review’ hearing, which took place on Friday at Paul Ricard, where sporting director Laurent Mekies was on hand to provide evidence to support Vettel’s case that he didn’t break the sporting regulations.
The German had been deemed to rejoin the track after running across the grass at the chicane in a dangerous manner, forcing Lewis Hamilton to avoid a potential collision.
Speaking in Friday’s official press conference, Mekies felt it had “overwhelming” evidence to try and bid to have Vettel’s penalty further reviewed.
In a statement from the FIA following analysis of the information Ferrari had presented, race stewards concluded there was “no significant and relevant new elements which were unavailable to the parties at the time of the competition concerned”.
Several pieces of evidence were submitted by the Italian outfit, including a video analysis from Sky Sport’s pundit Karun Chandhok which was labelled “new but not significant and relevant as this is a personal opinion by a third party”.
Further videos of a front-facing camera mounted on Vettel’s car were also dismissed. The outcome means Lewis Hamilton’s Montreal victory stands and he remains 29 points clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the drivers’ standings.