Carlos Sainz ‘very disappointed’ with FIA right of review dismissal, penalty opinion unchanged

Jamie Woodhouse
Carlos Sainz in the paddock. Austin October 2022.

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz walks through the paddock. Austin October 2022.

The FIA has dismissed the ‘right of review’ appeal from Ferrari over the penalty issued to Carlos Sainz in Melbourne, which has left a sour taste for the driver.

The stewards had deemed Sainz to be at fault for a late collision with Fernando Alonso at the Australian Grand Prix, one which sent Alonso into a spin and had seemingly ended the Aston Martin driver’s podium streak at the start of F1 2023.

Alonso would be spared though as the swift appearance of red flags after that chaotic restart returned the order to how it was, though Sainz found himself dropping from P4 to P12 after the stewards dished out a five-second time penalty.

Ferrari had met virtually with the stewards on Tuesday morning to appeal that penalty, but it was ruled that the team had failed to provide sufficient evidence to overturn the decision.

It means that Australian GP result stands then for Sainz, a verdict which has left him feeling “very disappointed” as he confirmed that his stance on the punishment has not changed in the two weeks which have followed the race.

“Very disappointed that the FIA did not grant us a right to review,” Sainz wrote on social media.

“Two weeks later, I still think the penalty is too disproportionate and I believe it should have at least been reviewed on the basis of the evidence and reasoning we have presented.”

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In Ferrari’s statement following the news, the team said that it was “looking forward” to discussions ahead to improve the policing of the rules in Formula 1.

And this is a “hot topic” which Sainz also believes must be addressed “for the sake of our sport”.

“We have to continue working together to improve certain things for the future,” he claimed. “The consistency and decision making process has been a hot topic for many seasons now and we need to be clearer for the sake of our sport.

“What happened in Australia is now in the past and I am 100% focused on the next race in Baku.”

Sainz heads into that race P5 in the Drivers’ standings on 20 points, while Ferrari’s overall tally of 26 places them P4 in the Constructors’ standings after three rounds.