Paul Di Resta excluded from British GP qualifying after Force India found underweight
Scot had qualified a stunning fifth earlier on Saturday
By James Galloway and Mike Wise
Last Updated: 30/06/13 12:36pm
The Scot had qualified in a career-best fifth place for his home race but will now either start from the back of the pack or the pit lane on Sunday after scrutineering checks had found his car to be 1.5kg below the mandatory minimium weight limit of 642kg.
The infringement contravenes both Article 26.1 of F1's Sporting Regulations, and Article 4.1 of the Technical Regulations, with the penalty imposed the same as the ones suffered by both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel last year when they were found to have insufficient fuel in their cars.
Di Resta's demotion means Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo inherits the Scot's place at the head of the third row, with the second Force India of Adrian Sutil also moving up a place to sixth.
It also serves to move title contenders Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso up an additional position apiece after both struggled in qualifying and propped up the top ten on the timesheet.
Prior to news of the weight infringement breaking, Di Resta had hailed Force India's qualifying performance as "remarkable", particularly as it was achieved on the back of successive Q1 exits in both Monaco and Canada when the team made strategic mistakes in mixed weather conditions.
The stewards' decision in full
The Stewards, having received a report from the Technical Delegate, heard from the team representatives, have considered the following matter, and determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
No / Driver 14 - Paul Di Resta
Competitor Sahara Force India F1 Team
Fact Car 14 was under the minimum weight.
Offence Breach of Article 26.1 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 4.1 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations as defined in Article 1.9 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.
Decision Exclusion from the results of the Qualifying Session.
Reason Technical infringement due to Car 14 being underweight.
The competitor is allowed to start the race from the back of the grid.