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Ferrari want Sebastian Vettel penalty at Mexico GP to be reviewed

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Ferrari have called for a review of the penalty imposed on Sebastian Vettel at the Mexico Grand Prix.

Ferrari have cited ‘new evidence’ suggesting that their driver has been wrongly penalised for no wrongdoing of his.

FIA stewards reviewed the incident involving Vettel and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and gave the four-time World Champion a 10-second penalty that saw the German move from third place to fifth.

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The Formula One governing council insist that he moved under braking and deliberately tried to hold off Ricciardo from overtaking.

This is in regard of the new rules, introduced at the previous race in Austin to outlaw drivers from moving under braking, which was dubbed the ‘Verstappen rule’ for the fact ‘the Dutchman’ has been involved in many controversial incidents like this.

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The Italian outfit have asked the stewards to reassess their stance and once again review the incident.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting arrived at the drivers’ press conference ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian GP and tried explaining to both drivers the cause of the penalisation.

The announcement was made just hours later.

A statement released by the team, as per Sky Sports, read: "Scuderia Ferrari has submitted a request to the Stewards of the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix to review their decision to penalise Sebastian Vettel for breach of Article 27.5 of the 2016 F1 Sporting Regulations as a consequence of his driving behavior in Turn 4 of lap 70.

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"This has been the first application of Article 27.5 of the 2016 F1 Sporting Regulations as interpreted on the basis of the Race Director's notes on "defensive maneuvers" and effective from the 2016 US Grand Prix.

"Scuderia Ferrari considers that a number of new elements have come to light after the decision was rendered that make the decision reviewable under Article 14.1 of the International Sporting Code.

"Scuderia Ferrari is aware that championship rankings will not change, regardless of the outcome. But in light of its importance as a precedent for the future, and in order to provide clarity in the application of the rules in future events, Scuderia Ferrari believes that the decision should be reconsidered by the Stewards."

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The 29-year-old outright denied allegations of illegally blocking his former Red Bull teammate.

He said: "I don't agree with the decision made. I gave enough room on the inside, l kept the car straight for the majority of the braking and in my opinion Daniel locked up so badly because there was no grip on the inside. I think it looked worse than it actually was."

Vettel is currently fourth in the Drivers' Championship with 187 points, 162 points adrift leader Nico Rosberg, while Ferrari have amassed 365 points this term and are third in the Constructor's Championship.

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