Ferrari Plan Appeal after Vettel 2nd-Place Canada Furore

Ferrari Plan Appeal after Vettel 2nd-Place Canada Furore

Keep your head down.

Ferrari have vowed to appeal against the five-second penalty that cost Sebastian Vettel victory in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, leaving the Ferrari driver incandescent with rage. The German had controlled the race from pole position up to that point, and was looking good for his and Ferrari's first win since last year's Belgian Grand Prix.

Vettel, who turns 32 next month, had started the race weekend by dismissing speculation he was planning to retire due to losing enjoyment of the sport.

But being hailed as the moral victor, with even Hamilton pulling him up onto the top step of the podium in a gesture of sportsmanship, would have done little to cushion the blow of the manner of his defeat.

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And Binotto viewed the German's disappointment after the race - which saw Vettel storm to the Ferrari hospitality rather than completing his scheduled post-race interview with Martin Brundle, before switching the "1" board in front of Hamilton's auto for the "2" on his way to the podium - as indication that Vettel was still eager for more success in the sport.

His team chief Mattia Binotto remained calm, but defiant, saying "we won the race".

Sebastian Vettel nearly lost second place to Charles Leclerc in Canada, but the Monegasque was unaware of the drama that was unfolding. "He left hardly any room", said Rosberg.

Because quite simply, Vettel and Ferrari needed that win.

Team principal Binotto acknowledged: "If Charles is upset, he is right to be upset and we accept it".

Hamilton's fifth win of the season and third in succession was also the 78th of his career and lifted him 29 points clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the title race.

"I was pushing very hard to catch up". You go to the grass and you come back, where the hell are you supposed to go?

"I said, 'Okay, fine I know that. I've calmed down, but I've been stupid".

"That was a weakness again from Vettel". "Usually the first instinct is often the right one", he said.

"Disappointment is a good sign for a driver", Binotto said of Vettel's post-race protests, which included moving the P2 finishing marker in front of Hamilton's auto in parc ferme. He failed to get out of Q1 and retired in trying to undo the damage. "I need some explanations - I don't know for now".

Vettel responded with another fastest lap but with Hamilton applying constant pressure he finally twitched under braking at the first chicane with 22 laps of the 70-lap race to go, forcing him to cut across a strip of grass before squeezing Hamilton towards the wall.

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