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Toto Wolff sends warning to Sebastian Vettel over penalty review

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Toto Wolff has warned Ferrari that it won’t go in Scuderia’s favour opt to review Sebastian Vettel’s Canadian GP penalty.

Vettel was handed a five-second penalty during the Canadian Grand Prix.  He was deemed to have rejoined the circuit in an unsafe manner after making a mistake during lap 48, pushing rival Lewis Hamilton off the track in the process.

Despite holding off the Mercedes driver for the rest of the race and crossing the finish line in front, the time penalty ensured Vettel finished second.

Ferrari declared in the immediate their intention to appeal but dropped that ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Instead, the Scuderia stated that they may yet call for a review.

Wolff reckons that Vettel could even have tougher sanctions for his antics.

“You can’t undo the penalty,” he told Osterreich newspaper. “The worst case would be that the stewards, after looking at the data, find that more punishment is needed. I talked to Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto and he thinks what happened isn’t 100 per cent worth a penalty. I think he is 100 per cent wrong. The fact is: Vettel flew off the track and came back. He looked in the rearview mirror and pushed Lewis towards the wall. If Lewis did not put on the brakes, the two would have collided. That’s why the penalty fits. Okay, it’s controversial,” Wolff added. “But in our sport, you do not take prisoners.”

Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari have “another level” Mercedes cannot reach