FIA dismiss Aston Martin’s right to review Vettel DSQ

Date published: August 9 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Sebastian Vettel at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hungary August 2021

The FIA have dismissed Aston Martin’s request for a right to review Sebastian Vettel’s Hungarian GP disqualification.

The German crossed the line in P2 for the second time this season in Budapest, giving his team a much-needed 18 points given that their midfield rivals Alpine won the race.

However, the points were taken from them as Vettel was disqualified soon afterwards due to the fact that there was not enough fuel left in the car to extract the mandatory one-litre sample for legality checks.

The British team quickly announced their intention to appeal the decision, adamant there had been enough fuel in the tank and that the issue had been with the method of extracting it, due to what they suspected was a broken lift pump.

In an initial hearing, they argued that data showing there was indeed a fuel pump failure was relevant and new evidence which therefore granted a right to review the decision.

However, while the FIA have acknowledged that it is indeed new evidence, they have stated that ultimately there was less than a litre left in Vettel’s tank regardless, and the reason for that is irrelevant.

“For the assessment of whether or not the 1-litre requirement was broken, it does not make a difference why there was less than 1 litre,” said the governing body in a statement.

“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 that the car is in conformity with the regulations all times and it shall be no defence to claim that no performance advantage was obtained.

“In order to be able to affirm a ‘relevant’ fact, Aston Martin would have had to present facts that actually more than 1 litre of fuel was remaining.

“The explanation why this requirement could not be met is not relevant to the decision as to whether a breach of the regulations has occurred.”

Aston Martin can still appeal the decision to the Internation Court of Appeals, and the team ‘is now considering its position in respect of its outstanding appeal.’