Aston Martin appeal REJECTED as Vettel's Hungary exclusion is upheld

Aston Martin appeal REJECTED by FIA as Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from second place at Hungarian GP is upheld after fuel infringement

  • Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in second at the Hungarian Grand Prix 
  • It was a huge result for Aston Martin but one that was robbed hours later
  • Stewards were unable to take a litre sample of fuel from Vettel’s car post-race
  • Aston’s put in an appeal which has now been returned as unsuccessful  

The FIA has dismissed Aston Martin’s request for a review of Sebastien Vettel’s disqualification from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel was stripped of second place in the August 1 race at the Hungaroring following a fuel infringement, with stewards unable to take the required litre sample from the German’s car.

Aston Martin subsequently appealed, while also seeking a ‘right of review’ – something the FIA on Monday denied. The team could still continue with its appeal.

Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from the Hungary Grand Prix has been upheld by the FIA 

Vettel chased down race winner Esteban Ocon in the final stages but had to settle for second

A statement from the FIA read: ‘On Monday afternoon the stewards heard from team boss Otmar Szafnauer, chief technical officer Andrew Green and sporting director Andy Stevenson to hear the team’s case. 

‘Under F1’s rules, in order to secure a right to review, the team must show ‘significant and relevant new’ evidence to the stewards.

‘After the hearing the FIA revealed that Aston Martin had discovered that a faulty fuel pump meant a ‘significant amount of fuel was inadvertently discharged from the fuel cell of Car 5’, meaning FIA personnel could only extract 0.3 litres.

‘This was accepted as ‘new evidence’ but in their decision document, the stewards said it was irrelevant why there was less than 1.0 litres of fuel in the car – writing that in order to secure a right of review: ‘Aston Martin would have had to present facts that actually more than 1 litre of fuel was remaining. 

Stewards couldn’t take a fuel sample from his car at the finish and the German was eliminated

It was a massive result for Aston Martin who would have welcomed the big points boost 

‘The explanation why this requirement could not be met is not relevant to the decision as to whether a breach of the regulations has occurred.’

‘Therefore the officials dismissed the request for a right of review, which means Vettel’s disqualification from the race stands – though that could still change if Aston Martin continue with their appeal, which is a separate process.’

The disqualification saw Lewis Hamilton’s lead over second-placed Max Verstappen in the Formula One championship standings improve from six points to eight, with the British driver being promoted from third in Hungary to runner-up.

F1 has broken for its traditional ‘summer shutdown before the next round at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on August 29. 

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