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Ferrari opt against appealing Vettel's Canadian penalty

 

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel

By Philip Duncan

Ferrari will not appeal against Sebastian Vettel's five-second penalty which saw him lose the Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel was demoted to second behind Lewis Hamilton after he was punished for rejoining the track in an unsafe fashion.

Ferrari lodged their intention to challenge the stewards' controversial verdict following the race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but they have now informed the FIA, Formula One's governing body, that they will not take action.

Under Article 14 of the sporting code, Ferrari will retain their 'right of review' which enables them to question the verdict if significant new evidence is discovered.

Vettel fell off the track at the first chicane while defending his lead from Hamilton on lap 48 of Sunday's race.

The Mercedes star called his Ferrari counterpart's driving dangerous, saying he had to slow down to avoid a collision.

Vettel protested his innocence, describing the stewards as "blind", before swapping the first and second place markers after the race and initially swerving the podium celebrations.

Although Britain's 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell called the stewards' verdict "embarrassing", Nico Rosberg backed their decision.

The former world champion said: "It is clear it was an unsafe return. It was a fully deserved penalty."

Vettel, who hasn't won a race since last August's Belgian Grand Prix, trails Hamilton by 62 points in the championship standings.

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