The FIA has denied a review of Sebastian Vettel’s penalty, ensuring Lewis Hamilton’s title lead.


The FIA has denied a review of Sebastian Vettel’s penalty, ensuring Lewis Hamilton’s title lead.

In the driver standings, Lewis Hamilton will maintain his eight-point lead over Max Verstappen.

The FIA has refused Aston Martin’s request for a right of appeal following Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from the Hungarian Grand Prix last week.

Team president Otmar Szafnauer has described the decision as “disappointing,” adding that the team is now assessing its options after Vettel was stripped of second place in Budapest, losing 18 points.

As a result of the disqualification, Lewis Hamilton will maintain an eight-point lead over Max Verstappen in the driver standings, rather than the previous six, after the seven-time world champion was elevated to second.

Aston Martin failed to submit the required 1-litre fuel sample after the race, and Vettel was penalized mere hours after celebrating on the second step of the podium.

The team, however, presented a case to stewards on Monday in an attempt to overturn the verdict, claiming that data revealed that there was more than 1.0 litre of gasoline in the car after the race – 1.74 litres according to their calculations.

After meeting with the stewards on Monday, Aston stated that they didn’t have enough fuel after the race due to a “fuel system problem.”

The FIA, on the other hand, found that the new material was “not relevant” to the 1.0 litre fuel requirement.

“Sebastian drove admirably in Hungary, and we are glad to have been given the opportunity to reveal substantial new evidence that we discovered after the race,” said Szafnauer, CEO and team principal of Aston Martin.

“We believed the material we gave was important and indicated to the FIA that he should have been reinstated after his disqualification,” said the team.

“Unfortunately, the FIA disagreed, and despite the fact that the veracity of our new evidence was not disputed, Sebastian’s disqualification was upheld on the grounds that the new evidence was not judged ‘relevant.’

“This is regrettable, and we will now rethink our position in light of the entire appeal process.”

“There was and is no suggestion that Vettel’s Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team AMR21 car received from a performance advantage as a result of the regulatory infringement, or that it was deliberate,” Aston Martin stated.

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