Ferrari opts against continuing with Vettel appeal

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Ferrari has opted against appealing the FIA's decision not to review the penalty given to Sebastian Vettel following the Mexican Grand Prix.

Vettel was penalised for moving under braking when defending from Daniel Ricciardo, dropping the German from third to fifth after the end of the race. However, Vettel felt he was only in such a position because Max Verstappen was not instructed to move over having cut Turn 2 when defending against the Ferrari, with Verstappen crossing the line third but originally demoted to fifth by a five-second time penalty.

Following Charlie Whiting's appearance in the Thursday FIA Press Conference at Interlagos, Ferrari argued new elements had come to light which made it necessary to revisit the penalty.

An initial hearing saw that request rejected by the FIA on Friday in Brazil, with the governing body saying nothing Ferrari put forward constituted a new element. Ferrari served notice of its intention to appeal, but had 96 hours to decide whether or not to actually proceed.

The FIA has now confirmed Ferrari has informed the governing body it will not be taking the matter to the International Court of Appeal.

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