Dan stands by Vet­tel

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DANIEL Ric­cia­rdo says Lewis Hamil­ton was not pun­ished in 2016 for a very sim­i­lar in­ci­dent to the one which cost Se­bas­tian Vet­tel vic­tory in Mon­day’s con­tro­ver­sial Cana­dian Grand Prix.

Fer­rari is fight­ing the de­ci­sion to give the Ger­man a fivesec­ond penalty in Mon­treal, which handed the win to Hamil­ton. Vet­tel was pun­ished af­ter com­ing back from the grass in front of Hamil­ton while un­der pres­sure in a ma­noeu­vre stew­ards deemed dan­ger­ous.

“I don’t think he could have done things dif­fer­ently, which is why we have de­cided to ap­peal,” Fer­rari team prin­ci­pal Mat­tia Binotto said.

Many driv­ers have backed Vet­tel, in­clud­ing Re­nault’s Ric­cia­rdo.

“I had an iden­ti­cal sit­u­a­tion with Lewis in 2016 in Monte Carlo,” he said. “He had to go through the emer­gency exit and al­most pushed me into the wall on his re­turn.

“With me, it was tighter than now with him. He didn’t get a penalty. That was a good thing. It was hard rac­ing.”

There has been spec­u­la­tion in For­mula One as to whether the rules even al­low Fer­rari to ap­peal, and the sport is now wait­ing to see ex­actly what grounds the Ital­ian team may have on this oc­ca­sion.

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