Why Aston Martin Remain Confident of Sebastian Vettel Reclaiming Second Position After Disqualification

Published 08/06/2021, 3:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin celebrates on the podium after the race REUTERS/David W Cerny


Aston Martin driver, Sebastian Vettel, who had faced nothing but criticisms ahead of the 2021 season, recently pushed through hurdles to secure his second P2 finish for the British outfit.

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The four-time world champion drove an absolutely flawless race, only for the FIA regulations to sabotage his celebrations. The German faced disqualification after Aston Martin only managed to retrieve o.3L of fuel from his car, as opposed to FIA’s 1L requirement.

However, ever since FIA’s final judgement arrived, Aston Martin hinted at requesting a right to review. And rightfully so, the team did officially acknowledge the speculations, earlier on Thursday, and protested against the governing body’s ruling on Vettel.

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Why Aston Martin failed to retrieve 1L of fuel

According to RacingNews365, the Greens are ready to challenge the FIA ruling because they believe the lack of fuel may have been caused by a pump failure.

Interestingly, Aston Martin sounded confident that their calculations over Vettel’s fuel limit through the race were entirely perfect. And going by the calculations, the team reckoned the car must have almost 1.74L of fuel remaining in the tank.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with team members after finishing second Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

Hence, to prove the claim true, Aston Martin spent around 96 hours collecting shreds of evidence. Now, the British outfit seems to have found a unique angle to the mishap, which they believe could push FIA into returning the 18 points for Vettel and his team.

Sebastian Vettel did not benefit from the violation

Aston Martin are certain that Vettel barely gained an advantage from the alleged violation. What’s more, running with a lower amount of fuel was never the intention for the whole team, bearing in mind the consequences that could occur in the future.

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Hence, the fact that the race data showed Vettel’s car to have more than 1.0L of fuel by the end of the race pushed the team to opt for the ‘right to review.’

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with team members after finishing second REUTERS/David W Cerny

This is the second time in two race weekends that a team has challenged the stewards’ decision. However, the former ended in disappointment, with the FIA dismissing Red Bull’s request, as the evidence barely met their requirements.

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So, how is the second ‘right to review’ going to play out? Can Aston Martin succeed in the battle against the FIA? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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