0.3 liters. This is the maximum fuel that the FIA delegates have managed to extract from the Aston Martin AMR21 # 5’s Sebastian Vettel at the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The regulation is clear, a liter of petrol must remain inside the tank at the end of the race as a sample for possible analysis. Not being able to extract the expected liter, Vettel was disqualified, thus losing the second place obtained in Budapest behind Esteban Ocon.
The Aston Martin, however, is in possession of different data and is ready to appeal against the disqualification of the four-time world champion. Otmar Szafnauer, team manager of the team owned by Lawrence Stroll, is convinced that there was enough petrol inside the tank of Vettel’s car to comply with the provisions of the regulations: “We have 96 hours available and I confirm the will to appeal – the words of Szafnauer reported by the newspaper Autosport – by all our calculations, they should still be there 1.44 liters of fuel left in the car after taking the sample of 300 milliliters (1.74 liters in total before taking the commissioners, ed). The Federation has access to this data because it knows very well how much fuel has been used through the flowmeter. The rule of the liter of gasoline that must be extracted from the car is old and dates back to previous seasons to all the measurements that the fuel has been subjected to in recent years. We’ll figure it out, the gasoline must have remained inside the pumps. We just have to prove to the FIA where is the petrol that is left in the car and that the commissioners have not been able to extract ”.