Sebastian Vettel admitted that the disqualification from the Hungarian GP was “very bitter”, but reassured that it is not the end of the world, and that Aston Martin will get opportunities to perform well in the future.
The team was unable to deliver the minimum required one-liter fuel sample to the FIA, which resulted in Vettel being stripped off of his second place. Initially, Aston Martin insisted there was sufficient fuel in the car, however further analysis revealed this was not the case as some had been lost due to a leak.
“Looking back, I think it’s clear the rules are as they are and we got disqualified. Looking forwards, obviously, it’s very bitter and I think in the circumstance that, obviously,” Vettel said.
“Obviously we didn’t know we had a problem, to be honest. When we checked, the fuel wasn’t in the car and we got disqualified, but we thought it was in the car. I don’t know for the future whether there’s a better way to handle this, but I don’t think there was much that could have been done.
Vettel took the moment and called for the FIA to come up with more concrete rules, so no other team may suffer from such a fate as Vettel and Aston Martin did.
“I was on the podium. It gets erased from the books, but it doesn’t get erased from your memory. And I think the team feels the same way,” Vettel added.
“I understand better because I was the one who suffered from it. You don’t wish that [for] anyone else to happen and it should probably have a little bit more tolerance.
“But what exactly you need to write down on paper in black and white, I don’t know, that’s for other people to come up with.”