Offical: Ferrari rejected by FIA

It’s official, the FIA Ferrari’s appeal rejected as of today. Scuderia Ferrari’s request for a review was rejected by the FIA on Tuesday 18 April, making the results of the 2023 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix final.
The FIA has decided to reject Ferrari’s request for a review of the penalty imposed on Carlos Sainz at the Australian Grand Prix, the third round of the 2023 F1 World Championship.


Sainz penalty

At the Australian Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz collided with Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin at the first corner during the restart of the race after a red flag period. For this unintentional collision, Sainz received a five-second penalty on his final time, which dropped him from fourth place to P12 outside the points.

Almost a week after the Australian Grand Prix finished, Ferrari submitted a request to the FIA for a review of the penalty on Thursday, April 6, as the Maranello-based team regretted the fact that the race stewards took the decision to penalise the Spaniard in record time, with Frederic Vasseur believing they could have waited until the end of the race to at least discuss the matter with the drivers.


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Ferrari appeal rejected

Ferrari’s request for a review was therefore considered on Tuesday 18 April, but the FIA stewards felt that the Italian team had not provided “any significant and relevant new evidence that was not available to the parties requesting the review at the time of the decision concerned.”

Ferrari’s request is therefore rejected and Carlos Sainz retains his twelfth place finish at the 2023 Australian Grand Prix, the results of which are now final.

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