Let's delve deeper into Ferrari's pursuit of justice in the Australian Grand Prix, particularly in their challenge to review the penalty given to Carlos Sainz. Ferrari believed the punishment was unfair.
Ferrari has petitioned F1’s governing body, the FIA, to secure a review right regarding the penalty given to Carlos Sainz during the Australian Grand Prix. Team boss Frederic Vasseur revealed they had sent a petition to the FIA, hoping for a different decision regarding Sainz’s penalty.
During the race, Sainz collided with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso, causing him to spin out. This dramatic incident also involved Logan Sargeant running into Nyck de Vries, and a collision between the Alpines of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon.
Despite the order being reset to the previous restart for a final lap behind the Safety Car, Sainz was given a five-second time penalty, which pushed him out of the points and down to 12th place. This outcome left him too angry to talk after the race.
Vasseur confirmed they had submitted a petition to review the case to the FIA, but he refused to disclose any further details. However, Vasseur highlighted that the stewards' reaction was different for the Gasly/Ocon incident than for the Sargeant/De Vries collision.
“We did a petition for a review of the case – we sent it to the FIA. As we are discussing with the FIA… I don’t want to discuss any details of this discussion. The only thing is [the] Gasly/Ocon [collision], for sure we had also Sargeant/De Vries [colliding] into Turn 1, and the reaction of the stewards was not the same.
According to Article 14 of the FIA’s International Sporting Code, competitors can request a right of review up to 14 days after a ruling from the stewards if “a significant and relevant new element is discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the decision concerned.”
Vasseur stated that they could have the review at the next race in Baku or before. He added that they had their argumentation, and they were expecting a review of the situation because it was a petition for a review.
Ferrari left the Australian Grand Prix weekend empty-handed, with Sainz's penalty and teammate Charles Leclerc's first-lap retirement due to a collision with Lance Stroll's Aston Martin.