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The penalty was issued three hours after the race -- following a penalty for Max Verstappen for exceeding track limits -- resulting in the unusual situation whereby Verstappen finished third on the road, Vettel picked up the trophy on the podium and Ricciardo was classified third in the final results.Ferrari claimed the podium had been taken away by bureaucracy after the race, and on arrival in Brazil for this weekends grand prix released a statement asking the stewards to review their decision.Scuderia Ferrari has submitted a request to the Stewards of the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix to review their decision to penalize Sebastian Vettel for breach of Article 27.5 of the 2016 Formula One Sporting Regulations as a consequence of his driving behaviour in Turn 4 of lap 70.This has been the first application of Article 27.5 of the 2016 F1 Sporting Regulations as interpreted on the basis of the Race Directors notes on defensive manoeuvres and effective from the 2016 US Grand Prix.Scuderia Ferrari considers that a number of new elements have come to light after the decision was rendered that make the decision reviewable under Article 14.1 of the International Sporting Code.Scuderia Ferraari is aware that championship rankings will not change, regardless of the outcome.ddddddddddddBut in light of its importance as a precedent for the future, and in order to provide clarity in the application of the rules in future events, Scuderia Ferrari believes that the decision should be reconsidered by the stewards.The decision was penalised under what has become known as the Max Verstappen rule, an addition to the race directors notes in Austin after several incidents where Verstappen defended position by moving under braking. Vettel was deemed to have squeezed Ricciardo to the inside of the corner as they were in the braking zone for Turn 4 and was penalised 10 seconds as a result.Ferrari is appealing the decision under Article 14.1 of the FIAs International Sporting Code, which states: If, in Competitions forming part of an FIA Championship, cup, trophy, challenge or series, a new element is discovered, whether or not the stewards have already given a ruling, these stewards or, failing this, those designated by the FIA, must meet on a date agreed amongst themselves, summoning the party or parties concerned to hear any relevant explanations and to judge in the light of the facts and elements brought before them.The Ferrari statement did not explain what the new elements were, but if the appeal is accepted it is likely the stewards of the Brazilian Grand Prix will review the new evidence. 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