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Ferrari has opted to drop the official appeal against the controversial penalty that cost Sebastian Vettel a race victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. The likelihood of a successful appeal was slim.
In fact, the likelihood of the appeal even making it in front of the FIA International Court of Appeals was also slim. Article 38.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations prohibits the appeal of all race penalties, with the exception of disqualifications or driver suspensions. This means that the appeal probably would have been ruled inadmissable.
The FIA’s International Sporting Code gives competitors the option for a post-race event review if “a significant and relevant new element is discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the Competition concerned, whether or not the stewards have already given a ruling”.
Sources close to Ferrari suggest this is the route the team will take on the matter. Ferrari will have until the French Grand Prix to do so.
The stewards have access to all video evidence and specific telemetry data, but it’s possible that Ferrari may have further evidence to share.