F1 car-racing stewards to assess Aston Martin case on August 9

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(Reuters) – Formula One stewards will assess Aston Martin’s request on Monday to review Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from second place in last Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The ruling FIA said it had scheduled a video hearing for August 9 with team manager Aston Martin and up to two other witnesses.

If the Board members accept grounds for review, another hearing will be held.

Aston Martin has also appealed the disqualification, but this may not be necessary depending on the outcome of the review.

The team said on Thursday it had uncovered “significant new evidence” that was previously inaccessible to them.

Vettel was disqualified after officials were unable to extract the required liter of fuel from his car after the race. The team maintains that there was well over a liter left but could not be pumped out.

Any call will also decide whether seven-time Mercedes world champion Lewis Hamilton will lead over Red Bull title rival Max Verstappen.

Hamilton would inherit second place from Vettel, leaving him eight points ahead of Verstappen instead of the six-point advantage he would gain by finishing third.

(Report by Alan Baldwin, edited by Pritha Sarkar)


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