Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff has declared that Ferrari may cost driver Sebastian Vettel further sanction if they call for a review of last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Vettel was controversially handed a five-second penalty for an unsafe return to the track as he and Mercedes pilot Lewis Hamilton battled for the lead in the closing stages of the race in Montreal.
The German was furious with the decision, while Ferrari (who initially declared an intention to appeal but missed the deadline of this past Thursday to do so) have intimated that they could call for a review of the race.
“We have withdrawn our intention to appeal and are evaluating the right of review,” said a team spokesperson.
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The Italian team have until the Sunday of the French Grand Prix to review, however, that can only go ahead if they have new evidence that the stewards are not aware of.
Mercedes boss Wolff, whose driver Lewis Hamilton inherited the win when Vettel was penalised, believes Ferrari would be unwise to follow this course of action.
“You can’t undo the penalty,” he told Osterreich newspaper. “The worst case would be that the stewards, after looking at the data, find that more punishment is needed.
“I talked to Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto and he thinks what happened isn’t 100 percent worth a penalty. I think he is 100 percent wrong.
“The fact is: Vettel flew off the track and came back. He looked in the rear-view mirror and pushed Lewis towards the wall.
“If Lewis did not put on the brakes, the two would have collided. That’s why the penalty fits.”
Wolff added, “Okay, it’s controversial. But in our sport you do not take prisoners.”