F1 Analyst Explains How Aston Martin Could Have Saved Sebastian Vettel’s Disqualification

Published 08/04/2021, 6:06 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


The Hungarian Grand Prix had a dramatic start but an even more dramatic ending. After a long and hard battle against Esteban Ocon for the lead of the race, Sebastian Vettel had to settle for second place. However, it didn’t end there for the 4-time world champion.

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After the conclusion of the Hungarian GP, Aston Martin was required to bring a sample of fuel from Vettel’s car, as it was asked from the FIA. However, the Silverstone-based outfit failed to comply with the criteria. Hence, it was decided that the German should be disqualified from the race.

However, esteemed F1 reported Michael Schmidt doesn’t have any sympathy for the British team. He feels they were wrong and believes it was an unnecessary risk from the team.

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Aston Martin should be blamed for Vettel’s disastrous race

As quoted from Auto Motor Und Sport, “I have to blame the team a bit here. They knew it was tight. 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.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action REUTERS/Florion Goga

“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 liter,” Schmidt explained.

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Szafnauer defends his German driver

The disqualification of Vettel from the Hungarian GP caused an uproar in the Silverst0ne-based team. Team Principal, Otmar Szafnauer feels that they are correct, and stating that if Sebastian had continued to drive it would damage the Mercedes power unit. Hence, Vettel stopped his car on turn twelve of the Hungaroring to obey team orders.

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Szafnauer said, “We have given the FIA ​​the amount of petrol filled in before the race. By measuring the petrol flow rate, it is possible to calculate exactly how much fuel was in the tank at any given time.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin team principal and chief executive officer Otmar Szafnauer during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“We told him to stop because the feed pump had stopped working,” he explained.

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With the summer break now on, Vettel will be hoping to redeem himself in the next race at Spa for the Belgium GP. Do you think Sebastian will use the pain suffered at Budapest and bring home a victory for Aston Martin? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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