Hamilton’s verdict on Vettel’s “tough outcome” after Hungarian GP punishment

Vettel was disqualified from Sunday’s race after failing to provide a sufficient fuel sample, moving Mercedes star Hamilton up to second, with Aston Martin set to appeal the ruling

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Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton believes Sebastian Vettel was handed a “tough outcome” after the German was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Aston Martin driver Vettel had claimed a surprise second-place finish following an action-packed race at the Hungaroring.

The four-time world champion was able to avoid the carnage caused by Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at turn one of Sunday’s race.

Vettel avoided the debris and the other cars to recover from a poor start and move up from 10th and into a podium position.

He then became Esteban Ocon’s closest competitor for the win when Hamilton failed to stop for dry tyres before the restart after the red flag caused by Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton has expressed his sympathy for Sebastian Vettel after the German lost his second place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix


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The 34-year-old regularly closed to within a second of the Alpine driver, but was unable to overtake him on the Hungaroring’s infamous defensive-favoured track.

Thanks to Fernando Alonso’s superb defending from a charging Hamilton, Vettel was able to cling onto his second place.

It was his second podium of the season, having also finished second in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

But disaster struck for the German after the race when his car appeared to run out of fuel and he was forced to stop before reaching parc ferme.

As well as producing the comical pictures of Vettel having to run over to the podium celebrations, there was also a more serious result.

Under the technical regulations, competitors must ensure that a 1.0 litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car but it was only possible to take 0.3 litres from Vettel’s Aston Martin.

With the scrutineers unable to take the required fuel sample from his car, the stewards were left with little choice other than to disqualify him from the race.

That means that he has lost his second-place position, pending an appeal, moving Hamilton up to second and Ferrari’s Carlos Saniz to third in the process.

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Vettel was unable to provide a sufficient fuel sample, which saw him disqualified and handed Hamilton second place

Hamilton took to Instagram to express his sympathy with his former title rival, praising his performance despite falling foul of the regulations.

“Congratulations to the Alpine team and to Esteban Ocon for their first win – he’s been a real star and it’s been so exciting to watch,” the Mercedes star wrote.

“Tough outcome for Seb, but he really put the effort in. I fought my heart out, we gave it everything, and all things considered, feel pretty good about P2 in Hungary.

“To everyone who checked in, thank you. I’m just fine — ready for some rest.”

The decision also means that Hamilton has extended his world championship lead over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to eight points heading into the sport’s summer break.

Aston Martin are set to appeal the decision, with Vettel’s car now being sealed and impounded until the actual Notice of Appeal is received or the FIA International Court of Appeal makes a ruling regarding the matter.

“The 18 points loss is disappointing for the team, but it doesn’t take away from an otherwise flawless drive from Sebastian,” the British team wrote on Twitter.

“Today we showed that our car has strong race pace. Onwards and upwards.”

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