Sebastian Vettel returned to talk about his disqualification at the Hungarian Grand Prix during the Thursday press conference in Belgium. The German driver finished the last Grand Prix before the summer break in second place on the road, after a futile chase on the winner Esteban Ocon that lasted the whole race.
For the former Red Bull and Ferrari driver, it would have been the second podium after the one conquered at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Vettel did not complete the lap back to the pits, parking his AMR21 on the track and returning to the pits to celebrate the podium on foot.
At the end of the race it was revealed by the stewards that there was not enough fuel in the number 5 car. The decision came late in the evening as Aston Martin was convinced that there was actually an additional 1.44 liters in the car to add to the only 0.30 liters that the FIA had managed to extract. The English team requested a right to appeal, but were unsuccessful in the end.
The four-time World Champion underlined how despite there are rules to follow, often not even the minimum degree of tolerance is allowed:
"Looking back I think it's clear, the rules are as they are, and we got disqualified," he said.
"Looking forwards, obviously it's very bitter, and I think in the circumstances that obviously I understand better, because I was the one who suffered from it, you don't wish that to anyone else to happen, it should probably have a little bit more tolerance.
"But I don't know how and what exactly you need to write down on paper in black and white. That's for other people to come up with."
Vettel then slipped to twelfth in the drivers' standings with 30 points, while Aston Martin felt the pain by falling to seventh in the constructors, slightly losing contact with Alpine and AlphaTauri.
"It was a great result for us as a team and a lot of points that we scored, so very disappointing," he said.
"But I don't think there's much that, you know, we could have done. Obviously during the race we had the fuel under control, or we thought so.
"And, yeah, obviously at the very, very end, I think it was the last lap we found out that something might not be right.
"We were very surprised when the fuel wasn't in the car, so it's very bitter, but those are the rules. So we have to accept and carry on. It was a very big day, because also big points for us, but yeah, we obviously have lots of races now and try to squeeze some points in those."
"I was on the podium, I had the hype of the race, and it's just really afterwards you're not allowed to take the reward, as in the trophy, as in the points," he explained.
"So I think that's the big disappointment. But in the moment, obviously, I was there and I had the emotions and it was a great day.
"You look back and you have nice memories, but obviously a bit of a bad taste left with knowing that you've got disqualified."