The four-time Formula One world champion has lost the second-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix, disqualified as the FIA was unable to take the required fuel sample from his car.
As the rules establish, teams must be able to provide the mandatory 1.0-liter fuel sample from a driver’s car, which wasn’t the case with Sebastian Vettel’s car, as the stewards were only being able to extract 0.3 liters following the race, leading to the driver disqualification from the race.
Due to the breach of the technical regulations, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is promoted to second place with Mercedes, and Scuderia Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. moves to third place - his second podium with the Italian team.
An official statement released by the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team reads: “His [Vettel] second-place finish initially secured the team’s second podium of the 2021 season following Sebastian’s earlier podium in Azerbaijan.”
Adding: “But following a routine post-race procedure in Hungary, it was found that Sebastian’s car was unable to provide the required quantity of fuel for a sample.
“The 18 points loss is disappointing for the team, but it doesn’t take away from an otherwise flawless drive from Sebastian.
“Today, we showed that our car has strong race pace. Onwards and upwards.”
The stewards’ decision outlines: “After the race, it was not possible to take a 1.0-liter sample of fuel from car 5.
“The team was given several opportunities to attempt to remove the required amount of fuel from the tank, however, it was only possible to pump 0.3 liters out.
“During the hearing in presence of the FIA Technical Delegate and the FIA Technical Director, the team principal of Aston Martin stated that there must be 1,44 liters left in the tank, but they are not able to get it out. This figure is calculated using the FFM or injector model.
“Given this situation, car No. 5 is not in compliance with the requirements of Art. 6.6 FIA Technical Regulations. According to Art. 6.6.2 competitors must ensure that a 1.0-liter sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time. The procedure was followed however the 1.0-liter sample of fuel was unable to be taken.
“The Stewards, determine to apply the standard penalty for technical infringements. Therefore they took into account that it shall be no defense to claim that no performance advantage was obtained.
“Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 10.1.1 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules, within the applicable time limits.”
Following the changes in the scores, Hamilton gains extra points, elevating the gap in the drivers’ championship to eight points over Verstappen with 11 rounds completed before the summer break.
In addition, the FIA has issued a document confirming Aston Martin’s decision to appeal Vettel disqualification from the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“The Stewards have received a Notice of Intention of Appeal from Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (Aston Martin) at 22:14 hours on 1st August 2021 against Stewards Decision No 59.
“In this context, the FIA Technical Department representatives were asked by the Stewards to seal and impound Car 5 until such time as the Notice of Appeal is received or the FIA International Court of Appeal makes any determinations as relevant. In making this determination, Aston Martin hereby declare that the removal of the various components to safely transport Car 5 to the FIA facility in no way compromises the evidence and has no impact upon the matter being appealed.”
To be continued…