Motorsport World Federation: Husband Vettel hopes for mercy: FIA asks for a hearing
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Le Castellet (AP) - Sebastian Vettel has no time for honeymoon. Shortly after his wedding with longtime girlfriend Hanna, the Ferrari driver in the south of France reported back to the Formula 1 service.
After all, the small-scale marriage helped the 31-year-old apparently to process his anger over the highly controversial denial of his recent Canada victory. But the explosive dispute goes already on Friday in the next round.
For 14.15 clock invited the race stewards a representative of Ferrari for hearing. Between the first two training sessions in Le Castellet, the team should justify its request for a reassessment of the incident, said the World Federation FIA. "We want them to reopen the file," said Vettel, who, in addition to a grim beard, wore a wedding ring on his left ring finger for the first time. The "Bild" newspaper had first reported on Vettel's wedding, which then confirmed a spokeswoman.
Further information does not want to give Vettel. Wortkarg he also expressed his expectations for the hearing of the judges. "Let's see how it turns out," said Vettel. Whether Ferrari actually has such powerful new evidence that the sports judges agree to a revision seems quite unlikely.
One way or the other: The consequences of his driving error in Canada, as the leading Vettel rumbled over the grass and then drove pursuers Hamilton close to a wall, also overshadow the weekend France. He was still the same opinion as in the minutes after the verdict, assured the Heppenheimer. "I did not understand it. And when they told me, I still did not get it, "said Vettel.
The usual overcrowded Ferrari media round turned almost completely to the topic of Canada, even if the four-time world champion felt little desire to do so. The encouragement of many colleagues and former champions like Jenson Button or Damon Hill help him little in the result, noted Vettel. "But it's easier to swallow if you're supported in his opinion," he added.
About consequences of the affair, the paddock is quite unanimous. «We have to look at the rulebook. I'm not a big fan of fines, "said Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who has had a reputation as a rune in the past. Veteran Kimi Raikkonen criticized: "You tell us before, we are allowed to drive more freely, and then something happens and there is a penalty." Also Vettel compatriot Nico Hulkenberg saw the Canada incident as a normal race event and wished for a uniformly generous line of stewards ,
Similarly, the main character himself sees it. "Let's go racing, give us room," Vettel appealed to the race stewards and the rule-keeper. The tight control corset and the sometimes petty interventions of the relay judges rob him of the fun, as he admitted recently in Canada.
Add to that the sporting weakness of Ferrari. The technical deficits are probably not fixed at the eighth round of the season by a new front wing. "What we bring is not going to be the solution to our problems," admitted Team Principal Mattia Binotto.
Mercedes has won all seven races of the year so far. There are few signs that this could change on Sunday (15.10 / RTL and Sky). 62 points ahead of defending champion Hamilton before the World Cup third Vettel. That's also why the 34-year-old Briton can afford a few extra tours and was able to avoid all debates in Le Castellet on Thursday.
With the permission of Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff Hamilton was released from his media obligations and traveled to a memorial service for the died in February fashion Tsar Karl Lagerfeld to Paris. Time also stayed for a trip to Paris Fashion Week and a few promotional images for his new sunglasses collection. Maybe there was also a retrospective wedding present for permanent rival Vettel.
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