FIA sets date for Ferrari right of review request

The FIA is set to consider Ferrari’s request for a right of review of Carlos Sainz penalty in the Australian Grand Prix on Tuesday, April 18.

Ferrari submitted its request after Sainz was hit with a five-second penalty by the Aussie GP stewards for tagging Fernando Alonso into a spin on the exit of Turn 1 just after the race’s second restart.

The Spaniard finished fourth on the road in Melbourne, behind race winner Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, but dropped to 12th in the event’s final results once the five-second time penalty was factored in.

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Tuesday’s process will see Ferrari introduce what it considers as a “significant and relevant new element” that was not available to the stewards at the time, after which the FIA will consider the evidence and decide whether the Scuderia’s request for a review is granted, or not.

If Ferrari’s request is deemed receivable, a new hearing will be held to discuss the sanction.

On Tuesday, Sainz and a Ferrari representative will report to the stewards for a virtual hearing to be held at 08:00 CET.

“The process is that first, they will have a look on our petition to see if they can re-open the case,” Scuderia boss Fred Vasseur told the media last week.

“And then we’ll have a second hearing a bit later, with the same stewards or the stewards of the next meeting, about the decision itself.

“What we can expect is at least to have an open discussion with them, and also for the good of the sport to avoid to have this kind of decision when you have three cases on the same corner, and not the same decision.

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“The biggest frustration was from Carlos, and you heard it on the radio, to not have a hearing.

“Because the case was very special, and in this case, I think it would have made sense considering that it was the race was over, it was not affecting the podium, to have a hearing, as Gasly and Ocon had.”

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