Let’s be honest. We kinda saw this one coming. Aston Martin has confirmed in a statement today that they’re not taking Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification at the Hungarian Grand Prix any further.
Vettel managed to earn his second podium of the season in Hungary, battling with Esteban Ocon for the lead but ultimately finished P2. However, after the podium ceremony, it was noted that not enough fuel was available for the FIA to complete their mandatory post-race tests.
After the race, teams are required to give the FIA a one-litre sample of fuel to make sure they’re not cheating. For Vettel and Aston Martin, only 0.3 litres could be retrieved, and it was decided the team was disqualified from the result.
Aston Martin was keen to fight this and announced they would be appealing the decision and asked for a ‘right of review’ with the FIA. This hearing happened on Monday, with Aston Martin bringing ‘new evidence’ that there had been a fuel system failure on Seb’s car and had “caused the loss of fuel pressure and resulted in the loss of fuel”.
The FIA and the Stewards did agree that this was new evidence, as this information was not available to them at the time of the original decision, but that it didn’t really help their case, and the right to review was denied.
Today, Thursday 12th August, Aston Martin has released the following statement:
“Having considered our position and having noted the FIA stewards’ verdict that there was clear new evidence of a fuel system failure, we have nonetheless withdrawn our appeal on the basis that we believe doing so outweighs the benefits of it being heard.”
HUNGARIAN GP UPDATE: Having considered our position and having noted the FIA stewards’ verdict that there was clear new evidence of a fuel system failure, we have nonetheless withdrawn our appeal on the basis that we believe doing so outweighs the benefits of it being heard. pic.twitter.com/usEmaXPKpd
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) August 12, 2021
Therefore, Lewis Hamilton has officially been promoted to second place and Carlos Sainz to third after the disqualification and Aston Martin not taking further action.