Paul di Resta was demoted from fifth place to the back of the starting grid for his home British Formula One Grand Prix after his Force India car failed a post-qualifying weight check on Saturday.
International Automobile Federation (FIA) technical delegate Jo Bauer said in a statement that the matter had been referred to the stewards, who subsequently excluded Di Resta from the qualifying results.
The Scot’s car was found to be 1.5 kg below the minimum weight, after all fuel was drained from the car, and in breach of the regulations.
Di Resta, who had qualified a career best-equalling fifth for his home race, is currently the second-ranked British driver in the standings, eighth in the championship, having scored 34 points this season.
His demotion promotes all the drivers behind him up a position on the grid for the race.
Earlier, before the penalty, Di Resta commented after qualifying, “I’m over the moon with the qualifying result and I think the whole team can feel very satisfied with fifth on the grid. I will sleep well tonight and hope that we can have a straightforward race, and come away with lots of points.”
Demotion to the tail end will make even scoring points a mighty task for the luckless Scot. (GP247)
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