Toto Wolff has warned Ferrari that should they opt to review Sebastian Vettel’s Canadian GP penalty, they could in fact incur “more punishment” for the German.
Vettel was handed a five-second penalty during the Canadian Grand Prix for returning to the track in an “unsafe” manner while trying to fend off Lewis Hamilton.
The four-time World Champion was furious with the decision, saying F1 is no longer the sport he fell in love with as a child.
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.
“We have withdrawn our intention to appeal and are evaluating the right of review,” said a team spokesperson.
They have until the Sunday of the French Grand Prix to review, however, that can only go ahead if they have new evidence that the stewards are not aware of.
Mercedes boss Wolff, whose driver Lewis Hamilton inherited the win when Vettel was penalise, reckons it won’t go in Ferrari’s favour and has warned 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.”