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Aston Martin counteracts FIA: ‘Still 1.74 litres of petrol in the tank’

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Aston Martin F1 team has set to prepare appeal against the decision of the FIA following Sebastian Vettel was disqualified from his second place in the Hungarian Grand Prix over a fuel infringement.

Every F1 drivers must keep at least one litter fuel in their car for post-race assessment, but in Vettel’s Aston Martin the FIA only found 0.3 litres. It’s resulted that Vettel’s car violate the rules and disqualified from the race.

Aston Martin claims that 1.74 litres of fuel should have been in the car, and thus there are still 1.44 litres in the system that the FIA could not retrieve.

“I can confirm an intent to appeal,” Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer told Motorsport.com.

“So once we learn more, then if we have grounds we will appeal, and if not, we’ll drop it. But we have 96 hours.

“By all of our calculations, there should still be 1.44 litres of fuel left in the car after the 300-millilitre sample was taken.

“And we just have to show the FIA that it was in there, and 300 millilitres is enough for their fuel sample. And that will be the basis of the appeal.

“So the car will be impounded. So we’ll just go in and find the fuel and measure it. We’ll figure it out.”

About the lift pump failure, Szafnauer said: “It looks like, I don’t know, we haven’t taken it apart yet. But for some reason the lift pumps wouldn’t get the fuel out of the car.”

“We measure the fuel that goes in,” added Szafnauer.

“And the fuel flow meter that we have in the car, which is mandated by the FIA, measures how much fuel gets used.

“So the difference between what went in, and what’s used, is what’s left. And that’s how we know there’s 1.74 litres left.

“We have that, the FIA work to the fuel flow meter, they have all that data, we supply them with the data of how much fuel we put in, they have the ability to check that at any time. So all that data is available.”

2021 F1

Hamilton explains why his 100th race victory is ‘bittersweet’

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Russian Grand Prix concluded as another dramatic race of the season, which was resulted a negative impact for Pole sitter Lando Norris, who led whole part of the race. Simultaneously, the worse wet condition opened a smooth way for Lewis Hamilton to snatch the victory.

Sochi victory marks Hamilton’s 100th F1 race victory and the Brit becoming the first driver in Formula 1 history to win 100 races. Following the race, we witnessed he is celebrating an ordinary level and praised his old team’s youngster Norris performance.

During the post-race interview, Hamilton said, “Lando did such an amazing job, he had incredible pace. He did such a great job for McLaren. And it is a very bittersweet, obviously to see my old team ahead, them doing so well.”

“Obviously, they won the last race. You know they are doing fantastic, obviously powered by Mercedes. So, it is good to see them reunited again,” Hamilton concluded.

“Look, it’s not only the two races, there’s been plenty of races where we’ve not maximised, as a team, collectively, both drivers and everyone but we’re still in a fight and we can continue to improve,” he said.

“There are definitely things that we will try and do better moving forwards, but we just won’t give up, we’ll just keep trying, keep pushing, remain hopeful and just do the work.”

“Well, undoubtedly it’s going to be tough,” he said.

“I think, for two thirds of the season so far they’ve had the edge. However, it’s obviously been difficult with all sorts of things, curve balls sent to both of us and our teams.

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Brawn predicts Hamilton could achieve 120 wins in F1

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Formula One managing director Ross Brawn predicts that, the one and only F1 centurion Lewis Hamilton could wins 20 more Grand Prix’s in his F1 career.

Last season at Portugal Grand Prix, Hamilton levels Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher’s record tally of 91 wins in the Formula 1.

Russian Grand Prix was Hamilton’s 281st start, compared to Schumacher’s career 307, Prost’s 199 and Senna’s 161.

“It’s a milestone no one thought anyone would ever reach,” said Brawn in his post-race column for in a column in the official website F1.com.

“Michael’s tally of 91 was so far ahead of what anyone else had ever done at that point that it never seemed conceivable that anyone would get near it.

“But then Lewis beat it – and now Lewis has 100 wins. There is nothing stopping him.

“Who knows where it’s going to end up? He’s with us for another couple of years at least – and he will win races every year.

“I don’t think we could predict 200 wins, but I think we could certainly predict 20 more as he’s still massively competitive and motivated.

“It’s just staggering and congratulations to him, as it’s a centenary that no one ever thought would be achieved.”

Verstappen, who turns 24 on Thursday, has competed in 134 races and won 17 — the first at 18 making him the youngest ever winner.

“Mercedes and Lewis weren’t on it in qualifying, at a track where they were expected to dominate given recent history,” Brawn added.

“Friday practice showed they were much quicker on the long runs. It was all there for them to take advantage. So the fact it didn’t go to plan shows that this is not a slam dunk for them.

“They’re going to have to fight hard all the way to the end if they are going to win the championship. Fighting hard internally is different than fighting hard externally.

“When you’re fighting hard internally, what’s the worse that can happen? If one driver doesn’t win, the other would do.

“They had years where it was Nico or Lewis as there was no one to pick up the pieces if they didn’t deliver. Mercedes had that cushion if they messed up.

“Now there is no cushion. Max is putting up a massive challenge for championship, he was fantastic on Sunday, delivering a masterclass in damage limitation to recover to second from last and while he lost the championship lead, he’s only two points behind Lewis now.”

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We didn’t get it together as a team in hindsight – McLaren

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McLaren Racing team principal Andreas Seidl admits that the team set to learn from the fact that they didn’t overrule Lando Norris on whether or not to pit for Intermediate tyres in the final laps of the Russian Grand Prix.

The pole sitter Norris was in led the Russian Grand Prix nearly whole time. But in the final session rain was suddenly hits the Sochi track, nearest competitor Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen quickly switch to the wet compound.

Norris though elected to go against advice coming from the McLaren garage to do the same, preferring to hold onto his hard-earned lead. It was a decision he was left to rue as his car lost its grip, with Hamilton forging to the front and Norris eventually having to settle for seventh.

“I saw Lando quickly after he jumped out of the car just to say thanks for everything, he’s pulled off this weekend. He’s very disappointed at the moment but that’s part of the sport we’re in. In hindsight it’s always easy to judge what we could’ve done differently. We didn’t get it together as a team in hindsight, it was the wrong decision to stay out, but it’s part of the sport. Seidl said

“He’s long enough in this sport now to know it’s part of the game, part of the learning. But not just on his side, but on the team side as well because I think there is always a chance to overrule him from the pit wall side with the information we are having. In the end, together we made this call to stay out.”

“On Lewis’ side we heard the discussions as well, it was pretty much the same ongoing and on Lewis’ side he had the chance to wait to see what we are doing and do the opposite because he was in P2. We didn’t have this opportunity.”

“We wanted to go for the win, that’s why we decided together to stay out and it just didn’t work out. Seidl added

“Apart from the last two or three laps, from what we have seen from the team and his side yesterday when he pulled off the pole and also today in the race, it’s impressive what he’s pulling off in only his third year in Formula 1. That’s why of course we need to analyze together with him what we could’ve done better today, learn from it and then it’s also important to see all the positives and come back stronger in Turkey.

“We finish P7 so we regret it at the moment. It’s a decision you make together, the driver and the pit wall. The result is we didn’t get it together today compared to some other teams. We shall analyze it, learn from it and try and do better next time.”

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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