Aston Martin withdraws Hungarian GP disqualification appeal

Aston Martin has withdrawn its appeal against the exclusion of Sebastian Vettel from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel was disqualified from the 11th round of the 2021 world championship after finishing second on the road behind Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.

After the race, the FIA stewards were unable to extract the 1-litre minimum amount of fuel from Vettel’s AMR21, with only 0.3 litres pumped out from the car’s tanks.

However, based on its data, the Aston Martin team estimated that a residual amount of 1.44 litres remained in the car.

The team subsequently lodged a right to review the case and the exclusion sanction, stating that it was in possession of new evidence related to a fuel cell pressure relief value which had prevented the extraction of the required amount of fuel.

    Aston Martin: FIA dismisses team’s Hungarian GP right to review

But last Monday, the FIA stewards rejected the evidence and the team’s right to review. Aston Martin could have pursued an appeal process, but the Silverstone-based squad has ultimately elected to withdraw its appeal.

Vettel therefore remains permanently excluded from the results of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“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having noted the FIA stewards’ verdict that there was clear new evidence of a fuel system failure, we have nonetheless withdrawn our appeal on the basis that we believe doing so outweighs the benefits of it being heard,” the team stated on Twitter.

Aston’s decision also seals Lewis Hamilton’s runner-up spot in Hungary while Carlos Sainz completes the top three, the Ferrari driver securing his first podium with the Scuderia.

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