Ferrari’s sporting director Laurent Mekies, who is representing the team at the meeting, said the team had discovered new evidence following the race which it wished to present.
“In the aftermath of the Grand Prix of Canada we had access to an [amount] of new evidence,” he said. “We looked at them and for these reasons we have requested the FIA [perform] a review because we believe that this evidence [is] quite overwhelming when it comes to establishing Sebastian did not breach any regulations.
“I think to say anything further would be inappropriate because the hearing will be this afternoon,” he added.
The four stewards who took the original decision have re-assembled for the hearing. Emanuele Pirro, Gerd Ennser and Mathieu Remmerie are attending in person and local steward Mike Kaerne will participate via a video link.
Several of the stewards have received abusive messages on social media since the ruling two weeks ago. Mekies defended them, stressing Ferrari “very much respect the work of the stewards.”
“We know it’s a complex world and we are supportive of [them],” he added.
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