Aston Martin have finally spoken out about their intentions to appeal the stewards’ decision of stripping Sebastian Vettel’s P2 finish in Hungary.
The penalty was issued after FIA officials took a fuel sample that showed less than the minimum allowed after a race – but the team has said they have “significant new evidence” that will aid them in their plea.
In line with their findings, the team have initiated a right of review request into the decision to reverse their penalty in this case.
As part of the evidence, the team says there was in fact more fuel in the tank that was not able to be pumped out, and in a statement last night Aston Martin said their data showed there was 1.74 litres of fuel left in the car after the Hungarian GP.
The statement released late on Thursday read: “Since the team’s data indicated that there was more than 1.0 litre of fuel in the car after the race – 1.74 litres according to the data – the team immediately reserved its right to appeal, and has requested a right of review alongside the appeal procedure, as a result of having discovered significant new evidence relevant to the sanction which was unavailable to it at the time of the FIA stewards’ decision.”
Their request has now been submitted to the FIA, and follows Red Bulls attempt to reverse the British GP stewards’ ruling on a collision between Hamilton and Verstappen – however, the case was thrown out.
Posting on his Instagram story on Monday, Hamilton spoke out after Vettel’s disqualification saying: “I’m so gutted for Seb. It is always an honour to be on the podium with you and you deserved this result.
“What you are doing at your new team is amazing, keep fighting and pushing. I’ll see you on track soon.”