2021 Hungarian GP winner Esteban Ocon has reacted to Sebastian Vettel being disqualified from the race for a fuel violation.
The German crossed the finish line to P2, thinking he had scored Aston Martin’s second F1 podium.
However, his car was found to have under the required one-litre of fuel left in its tank, and he was swiftly disqualified from the classification.
Aston Martin subsequently appealed, arguing that a fuel pump failure led to them overestimating how much fuel the car had left and insisting that Vettel didn’t gain a performance advantage.
But the FIA ultimately rejected their application for a review of the stewards’ decision, and Vettel’s disqualification was therefore upheld.
The four-time World Champion fought with Ocon for victory at the Hungaroring, and the Frenchman – who went on to record his maiden F1 victory – admitted that he feels somewhat “sad” for Vettel.
“I am a bit sad for Seb,” Ocon said.
“Because he did such a good race and in the end getting disqualified, it’s not something we like to see.
“We like to see racing on track and to keep that position after. But that’s how motorsport is sometimes. Motorsport is cruel.
“It’s obviously not a great thing to see and a sad end for him. But Seb is coming back from that, I am sure,” he added.
The disqualification meant that Aston Martin left Hungary without a point, as Lance Stroll retired on the first lap of the grand prix as he tried to avoid the first-lap carnage but created a separate multi-car collision.