Because of this, protests from Vettel and Aston Martin have little chance of succeeding

02-08-2021 07:42
by GPblog.com
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Because of this, protests from Vettel and Aston Martin have little chance of succeeding

Sebastian Vettel finished second in the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the four-time world champion doesn't get that after the disqualification that was handed out late on Sunday evening. The Aston Martin driver had only 0.3 litres of fuel left in the tank, while the regulations state that at least one litre should remain to allow sufficient samples of the fuel to be taken.

According to the British formation, there should still be more than 1 litre in the tank, but even after several attempts, the missing 1.44 litres could not be pumped out. Aston Martin has nevertheless appealed against the penalty.

Appeal seemingly without chance

The chances of the disqualification being overturned, however, seem extremely small according to Auto, Motor und Sport, However, the chance of the disqualification being reversed seems very small. "The regulations only allow physical evidence to determine the tank capacity. In the past it may have been possible to remove the fuel system and tank, but that is no longer possible with the complex drive units. An appeal therefore has little chance, even if Aston Martin's calculation proves correct. Sometimes FIA policy is stubborn: the law is the law."

George Russell stopped his Williams just after the finish line. By doing so he saved fuel. In hindsight, would that have been better for Vettel to do as well?"We were sure there was still enough fuel. Why would we stop? And even if there had been 20 litres left in the tank, we wouldn't have got it out because of the faulty pump."

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