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Vettel is hoping to be awarded Canadian victory following appeal

Decision time: Sebastian Vettel
Decision time: Sebastian Vettel

By Philip Duncan

Sebastian Vettel hopes fresh evidence will overturn the penalty which lost him the Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel's Ferrari team will call for the controversial punishment to be reviewed at a hearing with the stewards this afternoon at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

Ferrari announced their decision to appeal against Vettel's penalty after the Montreal race before withdrawing their challenge four days later.

However, Article 14 of the FIA's International Sporting Code - the Right of Review - provides Ferrari with another avenue to pursue the case if significant fresh evidence is discovered.

Both Vettel and Ferrari, however, were tight-lipped over details of precisely what new data they will present to the stewards.

"We can bring some information that maybe they didn't have at the time," said Vettel ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix. "The purpose is to open the case and have another look at it. We will see what happens."

Vettel was demoted to second behind Lewis Hamilton after the stewards punished him with a five-second penalty for running off the circuit at the third corner of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve before rejoining the track in an "unsafe manner".

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

"I still have the same view," added the four-time world champion. "I wasn't happy but I had reason not to be happy. You can argue I made the mistake at the wrong place as I had to go over the grass. I tried everything to stay on but I was under pressure, and I was pushing hard."

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