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Sebastian Vettel got disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix, after claiming he'd welcome the DQ for a very different reason.
It was a dramatic race on Sunday, as once again Max Verstappen was involved in a first lap crash with one of the Mercedes car. This time it was Valtteri Bottas, who crashed into Lando Norris and forced the McLaren into the Red Bull, and Verstappen was able to carry on.
However the crash, along with Mercedes decision not to pit Lewis Hamilton on the restart and change onto slick tyres, jumbled the grid up and allowed Vettel to finish second in his Aston Martin, behind Esteban Ocon.
Unfortunately for Vettel, long after he'd stood on the second step on the podium, his 18 world championship points were taken away from him, as he was disqualified.
Teams must be able to submit a 1 litre sample of fuel from the car after the race and Aston Martin were only able to take 0.3 litres out of the four time world champions car.
BREAKING: Sebastian Vettel has been disqualified from the #HungarianGP, losing his second place- Formula 1 (@F1) August 1, 2021
Stewards were unable to take the required amount of fuel for sampling following the race pic.twitter.com/Cbts8m9R0f
The news meant that Hamilton, who had been last on the circuit out of the cars remaining after his pit stop following the restart, actually finished second and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz moved up to third.
Vettel, who was praised two weeks ago for cleaning Silverstone, was praised earlier in the day for his post race interview, in which he called for the FIA to disqualify him.
The wore a rainbow t-shirt with the message "Same Love" ahead of the race, in support of the LGBTQ+ community, but was told after the race he had to go and see the stewards.
Imagine calling a driver to the stewards for wearing a pride shirt during the 'We Race As One' procedure before the race. Isn't that exactly what the statement is about? Vettel's response? 'They can do what they want, I'd do it again' :crown: #HungarianGP #F1pic.twitter.com/o3VNcorNGo
- Carmen :blossom: (@Carmennn_1908) August 1, 2021
Sebastian Vettel has been called to the stewards for wearing this t-shirt during the national anthem
His response: "I'm happy if they disqualify me. They can do whatever they want to me, I don't care. I would do it again."
- WTF1 (@wtf1official) August 1, 2021
Ahhh the race directors are investigating Vettel for wearing the shirt during the national anthem. I was wondering when that was going to happen.
Vettel: "I don't care, they can disqualify me, I'd do it again" pic.twitter.com/9QLrEXNv4I
- Joseph Parsons (@posephjarsons) August 1, 2021
Form Me, it doesn't matter how Seb race goes anymore; he just won today by wearing a mask and shirt fully :rainbow: on Hungary :flag_hu: (hope he does it again in :flag_ru: and :flag_sa:) #Vettel #F1
Bravo Seb!! :clap::clap::clap:
- Pau (@EJperfection) August 1, 2021
#Formula1 #HungarianGP #WTF1 @F1 say they "race as one" yet sebastian vettel wearing a 'same love' t shirt during the national anthem is so disturbing to them that he has been summoned to the stewards
- alfie (@paperfish22) August 1, 2021
Drivers are instructed to take their t-shirts off before the national anthem of the host country is played before the race.
The German, along with Bottas, Carlos Sainz Jr and Lance Stroll, were all reprimanded for not taking their shirts off on Sunday.
They were told off due to Article 12.2.1.i) of the FIA International Sporting Code which is "failure to follow the instructions of the relevant officials for the safe and orderly conduct of the Event."
So close, but a classy second podium for Seb in 2021! :trophy:#HungarianGP :flag_hu: #F1 pic.twitter.com/o7MpzpIzu3
- Formula 1 (@F1) August 1, 2021
Vettel's shirt comes after Hungary banned the dissemination of content in schools which are deemed to promote homosexuality and the topic of gender change.
The news caused controversy during Euro 2020, with Germany asking for permission to light the Allianz Arena up in rainbow colours ahead of their match with Hungary, but they were turned down.
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