Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher has blasted Aston Martin for continuing to appeal against the Sebastian Vettel disqualification.
The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix saw Vettel clinch a dramatic and astonishing P2, behind surprise winner Esteban Ocon. However, the FIA disqualified the four-time world champion after failing to find the required one-litre of fuel from his car.
Aston Martin appealed against the decision, but the FIA did not budge. They have announced that they would continue the appeal, and will not stop their fight to overturn the decision. However, Schumacher has taken exception to this, and has blasted Aston Martin for continuing to appeal.
Writing for the F1 column of Sky Sports, Schumacher opined, “I don’t even know why Aston Martin is planning to appeal Vettel’s disqualification in the first place.
“It is clear in the rules: You need a litre of gasoline, from which various samples are taken. If you don’t have that litre, it’s disqualification and a point. That was a clear mistake by the team. They should have known that.”
All for nought
Schumacher also doubled down on the proceedings. He argued that there was no point in the appeal, and said that Vettel may have had a pace advantage in the race due to the lesser fuel he was carrying.
“From my point of view, the reason can only be that there was a shortfall of about two liters when filling. This amount could and should have been saved during the race,” he said.
“The severity of the punishment is definitely justified. Due to the lack of weight alone, the Aston Martin was definitely three to five-hundredths faster per lap. Then you can work out how much that made a difference over the entire race.”
Aston Martin and Vettel would have loved the 18 points from the P2 they secured. However, with that taken away, they sit behind Alpine in the constructor’s championship standings. They are also behind AlphaTauri, and will need to bounce back in their fight for P5.