Aston Martin have officially announced that they will launch an official appeal against Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Vettel finished second in an entertaining Hungarian GP at Hungaroring, Budapest, last weekend but was disqualified hours later, following the FIA’s failure to retrieve an one-litre fuel sample after the German had stopped on track on the cool down lap as they instead recovered just 0.3 litres of fuel from his car.
Aston Martin consequently served the stewards with a notice of their intention to appeal, which is now official and means that the FIA will retain Vettel’s sealed and impounded car until the FIA International Court of Appeal make any appropriate decisions with no compromises placed upon evidence.
The team also requested a right to review alongside their appeal, which took place on Monday 9 August but was ultimately dismissed before eventually withdrawing their appeal three days later.
The British constructor has since released the following statement, saying: ‘There was and is no suggestion that Vettel’s Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One 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.’
This is the second occasion in recent weeks this season where a team has exercised their right to a review as Red Bull attempted to get Lewis Hamilton’s ten-second penalty at British GP upgraded, following a first-lap collision at Silverstone with Max Verstappen who suffered a 51g crash at Copse.
Stewards heard their case ahead of the Hungarian GP weekend and rejected their appeals whilst several pieces of evidence were called into question, as a result of being of own creation rather than discovered evidence.