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Sainz: Very disappointed FIA didn't grant us right to review

Sainz: Very disappointed FIA didn’t grant us right to review

Sainz: Very disappointed FIA didn't grant us right to review
Carlos Sainz has reacted to the FIA Stewards’ decision not to review his penalty from the 2023 Australian Grand Prix for hitting Fernando Alonso, expressing his disappointment.

Ferrari have requested that the Stewards review the five-second time penalty given to Carlos Sainz after tapping Fernando Alonso into a spin at the second restart of the race. That meant Sainz dropped out of the points after the penalty was applied.

The Stewards deemed the evidence Ferrari presented not enough for the penalty to be reviewed and thus Sainz kept the penalty.

The Spaniard took to social media to react to the FIA Stewards’ decision; he said in a tweet: “Very disappointed that the FIA did not grant us a right to review.

“Two weeks later, I still think the penalty is too disproportionate and I believe it should have at least been reviewed on the basis of the evidence and reasoning we have presented.

“We have to continue working together to improve certain things for the future. The consistency and decision making process has been a hot topic for many seasons now and we need to be clearer for the sake of our sport.

“What happened in Australia is now in the past and I am 100% focused on the next race in Baku,” the Ferrari driver concluded.

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Ferrari also posted a statement’ is said: “We acknowledge the FIA decision not to grant us a right of review in relation to the penalty imposed on Carlos Sainz at the 2023 Australian Grand Prix.

“We are naturally disappointed, and felt that we had provided sufficient significant new elements for the FIA to re-examine the decision especially in the context of the particular conditions and multiple incidents that occurred during the final restart.

“We are however respectful of the process and of the FIA decision. We are now looking forward to entering broader discussions with the FIA, F1, and all the Teams, with the aim of further improving the policing of our sport, in order to ensure the highest level of fairness and consistency that our sport deserves,” Ferrari’s statement concluded.

What makes matter more confusing, is that the Stewards chose not to impose any penalties on Pierre Gasly who took himself and his teammate Esteban Ocon out at the restart, with also Williams’ Logan Sargeant escaping sanctions after crashing into AlphaTauri’s Nyck de Vries.