Ferrari have lost the right to have their Canadian Grand Prix penalty reviewed by the FIA.
With the controversial 5-second penalty awarded to Sebastian Vettel for his grasscutting and subsequent track re-joining moment last time out in Montreal still the topic of discussion this weekend at Paul Ricard, it looks like the Italian team have lost in their bid to have right of review by the sports governing body, the FIA.
Although Ferrari declined to appeal the penalty in Canada, the squad subsequently decided to invoke their right to have the sanction reviewed by the FIA, citing new evidence that they claim proves lead driver Sebastian Vettel didn't deliberately block Hamilton upon his return to the circuit.
Expecting to have the review heard on Friday at Paul Ricard, it is now apparent that the FIA have declined to hear out the new arguments from the squad, with the original FIA stewards from Canada confirming that Ferrari have added "no significant and relevant new elements which were unavailable to the parties at the time of the competition concerned”.
Without the benefit of a further review, the result of the Canadian Grand Prix will remain, with Lewis Hamilton taking race victory ahead of the #5 Ferrari of four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
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