Aston Martin faces bad news as the F1 stewards stick with the Sebastian Vettel disqualification, and have denied the team’s request to review the incident.
The constructor can still appeal again, however it looks like a done decision. Unless new evidence can be provided, there may not be a change in decision.
Vettel took a heroic P2 at the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, the FIA disqualified the German driver and his team for failing to obtain the required one litre of fuel from the car.
Aston Martin’s request for a right to review Sebastian Vettel’s penalty has been denied. (But the appeal against the penalty is a separate and ongoing matter) #F1— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) August 9, 2021
Aston Martin was convinced that it was in the car, just not in the main fuel tank. Their calculations predicted around 1.74 litres of fuel in the car, and they appealed against the disqualification. Unfortunately, the stewards stuck with the disqualification.
In an interview with Motorsport, Aston Martin Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said, “By all of our calculations, there should still be 1.44 litres of fuel left in the car after the 300-millilitre sample was taken.
“And we just have to show the FIA that it was in there, and 300 millilitres is enough for their fuel sample. And that will be the basis of the appeal.
“So the car will be impounded. So we’ll just go in and find the fuel and measure it. We’ll figure it out,” Szafnauer concluded.
The podium finish would have gone a long way for the team in their battle for a good finish in the Constructor’s Championship. It is thus such a shame that Aston Martin’s only podium remains the one they secured in Baku. Coincidentally, Vettel was the hero on that day as well.
Vettel and Aston Martin will be looking to bounce back for the second half of the season and do well. The redemption arc may well and truly at the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix.