Carlos Sainz “very disappointed” with FIA decision on Ferrari appeal

Jaden Diaz
19 Apr, 2023

More than two weeks after the Australian GP, the FIA has dismissed Ferrari’s request for a right to review the penalty Carlos Sainz received in a hectic race restart.

Sainz has expressed his grievances with the decision that has been taken, explaining that the penalty was too severe and deserved to be reviewed based on the evidence provided.

However, as explained in the FIA’s decision document, the stewards maintain “that there was a sufficient gap for SAI to take the steps to avoid the collision, and failed to do so.”

The dismissal of this appeal confirms that Sainz left Albert Park empty-handed, undoing one of his stronger weekends for the Italian squad over the last twelve months.

In a statement released on social media, the Spaniard summarised his perspective.

“Very disappointed that the FIA did not grant us a right to review. 

AustralianGP, Ferrari SF-23, Carlos Sainz 55 & Charles Leclerc 16

“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. 

“We have to continue working together to improve certain things for the future.

“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.”

In many ways, this saga summarised Ferrari’s difficult start to the 2023 season. Various factors have already contributed to a disappointing points tally after three rounds.

Ferrari is still competitive amongst the chasing pack, with the SF-23 demonstrating podium-contending pace in two of the first three races this season.

However, whilst results will inevitably pick up, there are serious question marks about the team’s chances of catching up to Red Bull this season.

Regardless, Carlos Sainz and everyone else at Maranello will mentally reset and prepare themselves for the next Grand Prix – which will be crucial for their success.

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