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Sebastian Vettel

Vettel wants rule changes after 'very bitter' disqualification

The four-time World Champion feels more leeway could be given for some technical regulations in Formula 1 after he was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Sebastian Vettel has suggested there should be slightly more tolerance on some rules following his disqualification from the Hungarian Grand Prix for not having one litre of fuel in his car to take a fuel sample.

Vettel crossed the finish line in second place but lost his podium four hours later. Aston Martin failed in their request for a right of review due to insufficient evidence.

"You don't wish that to happen to anyone else and it should probably have a little bit more tolerance," said Vettel when asked by RacingNews365.com whether his disqualification was too harsh.

"But I don't know what exactly you need to write down on paper in black and white. That's for other people to come up with."

Vettel dropped to 12th in the Drivers' Championship as a result of his exclusion from the race. He says the loss of 18 points is what hurts him the most with Aston Martin holding seventh in the Constructors' standings.

"I guess rules are rules," continued Vettel. "We didn't know we had a problem, to be honest. Obviously, when we checked, the fuel wasn't in the car and we got disqualified.

"But we thought it was in the car so for the future, I don't know whether there's a better way to handle this. But I don't think there was much that could have been done.

"It's very bitter because first I think we did not have an advantage, and second there was no intention or no way that we could actually explain that too little fuel was in the car.

"Something happened over the course of the race like a leakage or something, [because] the fuel simply wasn't there anymore."

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