Aston Martin have decided to follow through with their appeal against Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from second place in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
In addition the squad have also requested a ‘right of review’ – a slightly different process that will also seek to reverse the decision.
The four-time world champion stopped out on track after crossing the line behind shock winner Esteban Ocon and when the car returned to the pits, the FIA were unable to extract the required 1.0 litre fuel sample.
As a result, the stewards disqualified Vettel from second with Aston Martin immediately confirming their intention to appeal. That gave them 96 hours to decide whether to take it further.
On Thursday night, the team released a statement saying their data showed there was enough fuel left in the car while they had “discovered significant new evidence” relevant to the penalty and would therefore continue with the appeal.
“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 matter will now be brought before the Hungarian Grand Prix stewards.