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Former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher says that Aston Martin is wasting its time by appealing Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from the Hungarian Grand Prix for having a too small amount of fuel left in the tank at the end of the race.
FIA scrutineers were only able to extract a third of the required 1 liter of fuel from Vettel’s Aston Martin-branded car after he finished a sensational second last Sunday. Given Aston Martin’s right to appeal, Vettel’s car was impounded with Aston Martin insisting that more than a litre of fuel remains safely on board.
A hearing is schedule between Aston Martin, F1 and FIA officials on August 9.
“I don’t know why they’re planning to appeal in the first place,” Schumcher, brother of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, told German media outlet Sky Deutschland. “The rules are clear. You need to produce a liter of fuel for the samples. If you can’t, it’s disqualification.
“So it’s a clear mistake by the team. The way I see it, the only possible reason is that there was a shortfall of about two liters (of fuel) when the car was filled. This amount could and should have been saved during the race.”
When asked if full disqualification is a justified penalty, Schumacher answered, “Definitely.
“With the weight alone, the car would definitely have been three to five hundredths faster per lap. It’s not hard to work out how much difference that makes over the entire race.”
Vettel, prior to the disqualification, finished nine-tenths second ahead of Lewis Hamilton for second place. Hamilton was elevated to runner-up on on the finishing order after the DQ.
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