Returning to the track in an “unsafe manner”Photo: Motorsport Images
Vettel was given the controversial penalty after sliding on to the grass while leading and then blocking second-placed Lewis Hamilton as he returned to the track.
Stewards judged that he had rejoined the track in an unsafe manner but the decision was challenged by many drivers who saw it as a racing incident and questioned whether Vettel could have taken any other course of action.
It ended the battle for the lead, as Hamilton merely had to stay within five seconds of Vettel.
The stewards’ decision could not be appealed, but Ferrari has the right to request the review based on new evidence under the FIA’s International Sporting Code.
Today the team confirmed that it has taken this course of action, which almost certainly means that the controversy will continue to be debated during the forthcoming French Grand Prix weekend