Aston Martin appeals Sebastian Vettel’s Hungarian GP penalty

Source: Mercedes F1 Twitter

After Sebastian Vettel was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix, Aston Martin decided to follow through with their appeal.

Sebastian Vettel was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix because the FIA was unable to extract the required 1.0 litre fuel sample from his car after the race.

Immediately after his penalty was announced, Aston Martin said they would be appealing the decision, and now they have formally done it.

In addition they have requested a review of the penalty, which is a slightly different process that seeks to reverse the decision.

On Thursday night Aston Martin said they have found “significant new evidence” that could influence the penalty.

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“After Sebastian Vettel’s drive to second place on the road in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday August 1st, he was disqualified from the results when a 1.0-litre sample of fuel was not able to be taken from his car after the race (a requirement as set out in the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations),” the team said.

“There was and is no suggestion that Vettel’s Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team AMR21 car benefited from a performance advantage from the alleged regulatory breach, or that it was deliberate.

“Since the team’s data indicated that there was more than 1.0 litre of fuel in the car after the race – 1.74 litres according to the data – the team immediately reserved its right to appeal, and has requested a right of review alongside the appeal procedure, as a result of having discovered significant new evidence relevant to the sanction which was unavailable to it at the time of the FIA stewards’ decision.”

The Hungarian Grand Prix stewards will now again look into the matter. If the penalty is overturned, Vettel will have his P2 back, and Lewis Hamilton will return to P3.

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