Ferrari's 'overwhelming' evidence for Vettel hearing was... a bit embarrassing
Ferrari's petition to have Sebastian Vettel's Canadian Grand Prix penalty reviewed was rejected on Friday in France, finally confirming Lewis Hamilton's Montreal win almost a fortnight after it was secured. When you look at the new evidence the Scuderia brought, you can start to understand why.
Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies said that his dossier was "overwhelming" in proving Vettel's innocence.
So what did they show to the FIA to prove that a burning injustice had been done?
Here's the full list…
1. Analysis of the telemetry data of [Vettel's] car, including car attitude channels;
2. A video analysis of the camera views (front view, top view, onboard cameras of [Vettel] and [Hamilton] prepared after the race;
3. A video analysis performed by Karun Chandhok for Sky Sports after the race;
4. A video of [Vettel's] face camera, which was released by F1 Limited after the race;
5. Post-race and video images;
6. Analysis of the GPS racing line data of both [Hamilton] and [Vettel] in the Situation lap and in the previous race laps; and
7. Witness statement of [Vettel].
According to the stewards, elements 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 were available before the end of the grand prix.
So the "overwhelming" new evidence that Ferrari brought was an opinion from a television pundit and a video of Vettel's helmet and hands.
Unsurprisingly, both elements were largely dismissed. Of the Chandhok video, the FIA said: "[The video] was new but not significant and relevant as this is a personal opinion by a third party."
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