Vettel penalty review refusal: Is Formula 1 over-regulated?

On Friday, Formula 1 stewards denied Ferrari's request for a right of review of the decision to hand Sebastian Vettel a penalty which cost him victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

The Ferrari driver had received a five-second penalty for unsafely returning to the track in front of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, after he'd veered off.

Formula 1 correspondent Hendrik Verwoerd explains Friday's decision to reject what Ferrari said were seven pieces of additional evidence.

They (the stewards) decided five of those items were not new, did not throw any new light on it and the remaining two items were something that they've had access to anyway at the time.

Hendrik Verwoerd, Formula 1 correspondent

Therefore the penalty stands and the result in Canada stands.

Hendrik Verwoerd, Formula 1 correspondent

Verwoerd notes that the decision to hand Hamilton victory has divided the world of Formula 1 for the past two weeks and says the real question is whether the sport is over-regulated.

Can you, in fact, write rules that govern each and every possible circumstance? Of course not.

Hendrik Verwoerd, Formula 1 correspondent

The French Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, with Ferrari "unhappy and disappointed" at the Canada penalty review refusal.

Mercedes looking very strong for this weekend... although the two Ferraris were third and fourth in the second practise yesterday.

Hendrik Verwoerd, Formula 1 correspondent

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