Maldonado excluded from qualifying for fuel breach

Maldonado excluded from qualifying for fuel breach

Pastor Maldonado has been excluded from qualifying for the British Grand Prix, owing to a technical infringement.

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Maldonado, who had originally qualified 15th, has been disqualified after the FIA race stewards failed to secure a sample of fuel from the Venezuelan’s car during post qualifying scrutineering.

“Car 13 [Maldonado] is excluded from the results of qualifying,” reads a statement from the FIA. “There was insufficient amount of fuel to provide a 1.0  ltd fuel sample and therefore this is in breach of the… FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.”

The Lotus driver unexpectedly stopped on track in the dying moments of the second part of qualifying, which he later explained was a result of a fuel consumption miscalculation on the part of the team’s engine supplier Renault Sport.

Maldonado will start 20th, ahead of the two Caterham cars of Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi, both of whom failed to set a time within 107% of the fastest time in the opening part of qualifying.

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Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.