Sebastian Vettel’s Hungarian Grand Prix ended in disaster as the German was disqualified for failing to present the required amount of fuel for sampling post-race.
Vettel had made headlines and won plaudits ahead of the race for wearing a rainbow t-shirt with the phrase “same love” across its front, as well as wearing a rainbow mask, clearly sending a message to the Hungary’s right-wing government. Then, he crossed the line in second, but his afternoon ended in great disappointment.
With one litre of fuel being needed for sampling, Vettel’s team were only able to produce 0.3 litres, leading to a sanction. An official was called to testify at 20:20 CEST and, at 22:00 CEST, the decision was made to disqualify the driver.
“It was not possible to take the 1.0 litre sample from the car,” the official sanction stated.
“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.”
Vettel‘s disqualification saw Carlos Sainz climb into third place, giving him his second podium finish with Ferrari, and the fourth of his career after achieving two with McLaren.
In terms of the drivers championship, this disqualification saw Hamilton finish second instead of third and Max Verstappen ninth instead of 10th. That is good news for Hamilton, as the difference between third and second is greater than between 10th and ninth. So, the Englishman now leads the Dutchman by eight points.