Stewards were unable to take the required amount of fuel for sampling following the race, meaning Sebastian Vettel has been disqualified
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Sebastian Vettel has been disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Officials were unable to take the required fuel samples for Vettel’s Aston Martin following the race in Budapest on Sunday.
His disqualification means that Lewis Hamilton, who came third, has now been bumped up to second place and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz moves onto the podium.
Technical regulations state that competitors must ensure that a one-litre sample of fuel is available to be taken from a car at any given moment during an event.
Stewards were only able to extract 0.3 litres from Vettel’s vehicle.
The steward’s verdict reads: “The Stewards heard from the team representative.
“After the race it was not possible to take a 1.0 litre sample of fuel from car 5.
“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.
“During the hearing in presence of the FIA Technical Delegate and the FIA Technical Director the team principal of Aston Martin stated that there must be 1,44 litres left in the tank, but they are not able to get it out. This figure is calculated using the FFM or injector model.
“Given this situation, car No. 5 is not in compliance with the requirements of Art. 6.6 FIA Technical Regulations. According to Art. 6.6.2 competitors must ensure that a 1.0 litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time. The procedure was followed however the 1.0 litre sample of fuel was unable to be taken.
“The Stewards determine to apply the standard penalty for technical infringements. Therefore they took into account, that it shall be no defence to claim that no performance advantage was obtained.
“Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 10.1.1 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules, within the applicable time limits.”