F1 expert Michael Schmidt has blamed Aston Martin for the Sebastian Vettel incident that took place after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel had the rollercoaster of a lifetime in Hungary. In a dramatic race, he managed to stun viewers and take P2. However, in a cruel twist of fate, he was disqualified from the race afterwards.
At the end of the race, Aston Martin were asked to submit a sample of fuel from Vettel’s car. It is a rule mandated by the FIA, and one which they bizarrely failed to comply with. Subsequently, Vettel was disqualified from the race.
Schmidt blamed Aston Martin for the mess Vettel finds himself in. He feels they messed up and took a stupid risk, one which backfired and cost Vettel his P2.
“I have to blame the team a bit here. They knew it was tight,” Schmidt opined.
“We heard from the FIA that already in the last lap, the lift pump was running at negative pressure, which is always a sign that there is relatively little fuel left in there.
“They should have told Vettel directly after he crossed the finish line, to park the car on the right side just like Russell did. Then there would have been a chance to have the required one litre,” he suggested.
Vettel’s disqualification was slammed by many, including Aston Martin Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer. He explained the reason why they shouldn’t be disqualified.
“We have given the FIA the amount of petrol filled in before the race,” Szafnauer said.
“By measuring the petrol flow rate, it is possible to calculate exactly how much fuel was in the tank at any given time. We told him to stop because the feed pump had stopped working,” he explained.