BERLIN (DPA) – A request to reconsider the missing fuel in Sebastian Vettel’s car has been rejected following the cancellation of second place at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
This was announced by Formula 1 after a video conference. Accordingly, the Aston Martin Racing team, represented by team boss Otmar Szafner, was unable to present the necessary new “critical evidence”, as stated in the stewards’ decision.
He must have considered the evidence relevant, later insisted team boss Otmar Szafner in a statement to the racing team. Unfortunately, the World Automobile Association, represented by race director Michael Massey, saw things differently. “It’s disappointing,” Szafnauer said. They will now also reconsider their position in view of the opposition before the Court of Appeal.
According to the technical representative, in a test after the race, in which Vettel had initially finished second behind French surprise winner Esteban Ocon, only 0.3 liters of fuel was found. But at least one liter is required.
Aston Martin initially insisted that, according to their own figures, the car should still have had 1.74 liters. However, in further analyses, the team found a shortfall in the fuel supply and concluded that there was less than a liter left in the tank, the statement said on Monday. It doesn’t matter why the required amount was no longer left.
Vettel’s racing team also opposed the decision to disqualify Vettel. It will be considered separately before the Court of Appeals of the World Automobile Association. The car was confiscated after the race to save evidence.
As a result of Vettel’s subsequent disqualification, Lewis Hamilton, who was third at Mercedes, moved up to second. The seven-time world champion from Great Britain took the lead in the overall standings ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the Motorsport Premier Class before the summer break. The season will continue on the final weekend in August with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
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