Scuderia Ferrari has formally requested the FIA review the five-second penalty issued to Sebastian Vettel at the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which denied the German driver victory.

The team had indicated that it would intend to challenge the FIA Stewards’ original decision to give Vettel – who forced rival Lewis Hamilton to brake to avoid a collision after he ran off-track at the Turn 3/4 chicane (pictured above) – the lightest possible penalty at its disposal under the Sporting Regulations.

The five-second penalty handed the race win to Lewis Hamilton, who continued the Mercedes-AMG team’s unbeaten run this season. Under the regulations, penalties handed down ‘in race’ are binding and cannot be appealed.

Ferrari has instead requested a secondary review under the FIA’s International Sporting Code, which permits a further assessment if there is “a significant and relevant new element” that was not available or known at the time of the original decision.

Ferrari will not state what this information may be ahead of the hearing, which is likely to be heard at the upcoming French Grand Prix this weekend.

The matter must be heard by the same panel of stewards who made the original decision and should they do not believe the significance of relevance of the “new element” is enough to annul the penalty, they can actually choose to increase it if they believe the review is a waste of their time.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.