REVEALED: Why Stewards Dismissed Aston Martin’s Request for a Review of Vettel’s Disqualification

Published 08/10/2021, 8:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Sebastian Vettel was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix after securing a P2 finish at Hungaroring. The FIA ruled out the German after the stewards could only get 0.3 liters of fuel from his Aston Martin AMR21. And according to the rules, drivers must ensure one liter of fuel, at a minimum, to be taken from their car at any time during the event.

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Soon after the race ended, the Silverstone-based team requested a right of review and claimed that the German’s car had 1.44 liters of fuel. However, on Monday evening, FIA ruled out Aston Martin’s appeal for Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification at Budapest, as the team failed to provide any fresh pieces of evidence.

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Why was Aston Martin’s request for a review rejected by the stewards?

During the Aston Martin and stewards’ meeting on Monday, the Silverstone-based team claimed that failure to ensure the 1.0 liter in the Aston Martin AMR21 was because of the fuel system failure.

However, the stewards believed the information provided by Aston Martin was significant new evidence, but ruled out the right of review of the Silverstone-based team, as the evidence was not related to the obligation to provide 1 liter of fuel at the end of the Hungarian GP.

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

The FIA statement reads: “The technical regulations unequivocally call for a remaining amount of 1-litre and does not allow any exceptions. Therefore, for the assessment of whether or not 1-litre requirement was broken, it does not make a difference why there was less than 1-litre. There may be a couple of explanations why at the end of a race the remaining amount is insufficient.

“In any case, it remains the sole responsibility of the competitor to ensure the car is in conformity with the regulations at all times and it shall be no defence to claim that no performance advantage was obtained.”

What caused the problem in Sebastian Vettel’s car at Hungaroring?

According to Motorsport-Total, the evidence provided by Aston Martin demonstrates the analysis of over 100 channels of fuel system data. The fresh evidence states that there was a fault in the fuel system in Sebastian Vettel’s car. And because of the loss of pressure in the fuel cell, it pumped air into it. As a result, a significant volume of fuel was accidentally drained.

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

Meanwhile, the Aston Martin team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, was disappointed by the steward’s verdict.

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“We had the feeling that the evidence we presented was relevant and that he (Vettel; editor’s note) should be included in the rating again after his disqualification,” said Otmar Szafnauer. “Unfortunately, the FIA ​​took a different view. Although the accuracy of our new evidence was not questioned, Sebastian’s disqualification remained as the new evidence was classified as ‘not relevant’. This is disappointing and we will now consider how we can deal with the next one Protest proceed.” 

(Quotes translated via Google)

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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