EXPLAINED: Why Aston Martin Withdrew Their Appeal to Overturn Sebastian Vettel’s Disqualification at Hungary

Published 08/12/2021, 10:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Sebastian Vettel endured one of the most difficult Sundays of all F1 drivers at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The German braved a turbulent opening lap to move behind Esteban Ocon and finished second in the race. However, Aston Martin failed to submit a one-litre fuel sample after the race, which saw Vettel disqualified.

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After the disqualification, the Silverstone-based outfit revealed they will file an appeal to overrule the FIA’s decision. However, they issued an update revealing they withdrew their appeal earlier today.

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Aston Martin withdraws its appeal against Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification

The Hungarian Grand Prix witnessed a chaotic opening lap courtesy of Valtteri Bottas coming in contact with Lando Norris. While this crash eliminated five drivers at once, it saw Vettel move up to third place before the marshals signaled red flags.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leads at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

At the restart, every driver except race leader Lewis Hamilton came into the pits for changing tires. This sent Ocon and Vettel to battle for the lead, which they did throughout the race. Although the German finished second, his disqualification meant he lost 18 points which would have sent Aston Martin to P6 in the constructor’s championship.

The British outfit filed an appeal against the disqualification hoping to salvage a fairly successful race weekend before the summer break. With the FIA initially dismissed their appeal, Aston Martin withdrew their appeal earlier today citing new evidence of a fuel system failure.

Their statement read“Having considered our position and having noted the FIA stewards’ verdict that there was clear new evidence of a fuel system failure, we have nonetheless withdrawn our appeal on the basis that we believe doing so outweighs the benefits of it being heard.”

With the withdrawal of their appeal, the result remains the same as Vettel’s disqualification stands.

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Can Vettel bounce back after the summer break?

Although the German started the season poorly, he bounced back in the Monaco Grand Prix. Since then, he garnered 48 points in the next seven races. The total would have been 66 had his second-place finish in Hungary stayed on the board.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Despite his poor luck in Hungary, he seems to have acclimatized to the AMR21. In addition, the Belgian Grand Prix is the first race after the summer break, where Vettel has a good track record. Can the German continue his newfound form after the summer break? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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