Formula One: Vettel disqualified from Hungarian GP, Hamilton inherits second place

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton celebrate with champagne on the podium after the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix, on Aug 1, 2021.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton celebrate with champagne on the podium after the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix, on Aug 1, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

BUDAPEST (AFP) - Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday (Aug 1) and stripped of second place, the FIA said.

Vettel's Aston Martin car was deemed to have insufficient fuel left after the race.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was promoted to second place behind race winner, Alpine's Esteban Ocon with Carlos Sainz in a Ferrari inheriting third place.

World champion Hamilton now has a seven-point lead over title rival Max Verstappen who moved up a place from 10th to ninth after Vettel's banishment.

"After the race it was not possible to take a 1.0 litre sample of fuel from car 5," said an FIA statement released five hours after the chaotic race ended at the Hungaroring.

"The team was given several opportunities to attempt to remove the required amount of fuel from the tank, however it was only possible to pump 0.3 litres out.

"Given this situation, car No. 5 is not in compliance with the requirements of FIA Technical Regulations."

Aston Martin intend to appeal the decision which robbed Aston Martin of what would have been just their second podium of the 2021 season following Vettel's runner-up spot in Azerbaijan.

“The Stewards have received a Notice of Intention of Appeal from Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team...” said a note from the stewards.

“In this context, the FIA Technical Department representatives were asked by the Stewards to seal and impound Car 5 until such time as the Notice of Appeal is received or the FIA International Court of Appeal makes any determinations as relevant.” 

Aston Martin said in a team statement: "The 18 points loss is disappointing for the team, but it doesn't take away from an otherwise flawless drive from Sebastian.

"Today we showed that our car has strong race pace. Onwards and upwards."