Why was Sébastien Vettel disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix? Fuel problem explained as a confirmed call
Aston Martin has announced that it will appeal the FIA’s decision to disqualify Sebastian Vettel from the Hungarian Grand Prix for a fuel irregularity.
After a dramatic and error-ridden start to the race, Vettel recovered to 10th place on the grid when four cars were knocked out in the first corner.
Lewis Hamilton’s tactical error on the restart saw him give up the lead and as he made his way to third place he was unable to chase Vettel who came back second behind first winner Esteban Ocon.
However, his Aston Martin stopped on the track before returning to the pit lane and had to be brought back to base.
The FIA then carried out their usual post-race checks, during which there must be at least one liter of fuel available to be removed from the car so that they can verify its contents during testing. Teams are required to take this into account in the amount of fuel they consume during the race.
After several attempts, Aston Martin was unable to pump the required amount of fuel from the car, supplying only 300 milliliters to the FIA, who referred the issue to the stewards.
Vettel was then disqualified from the race hours after stepping onto the podium, propelling Hamilton to second and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz to third.
This result may also not be valid, as Aston Martin has indicated it will appeal the decision.
In the disqualification announcement, the Stewards noted that Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer claimed that the car’s sensors showed that there should have been 1.44 liters of fuel left in the car, despite the little that it was possible to pump.
Vettel is hoping, if his appeal is successful, to secure a second podium in his debut season with Aston Martin after also finishing second at the Azerbaijani Grand Prix in Baku.
However, immediately after the race, he was disappointed that he had not chased down future winner Ocon.
“It’s a good result and I really tried everything so I’m a little disappointed because it was so close,” said Vettel.
“I really wanted this to happen but kudos to Esteban. I’m happy for him. It’s his day at the end.
“It was like [I had the pace] corn [Hungary] is not the place to go and I was patient enough to open the race and then really tried to move on. I really tried to get him to make a mistake, but he didn’t do it for him.
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