Paul di Resta has been excluded from the results of qualifying after stewards found his car was under the minimum weight limit.
Di Resta had qualified fifth for Sunday’s race. But his car failed a weight check conducted after the qualifying session.
The stewards ruled Force India had committed a “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.”
Technical delegate Jo Bauer explained how Di Resta’s car was found to be underweight:
“After the third qualifying session car number 14, driver Paul Di Resta, was weighed 641.5 kg, 0.5 kg under the minimum weight as required by Article 4.1 of the 2013 Formula One Technical Regulations.
“After this the car was completely drained in order to establish that the minimum weight of the car without fuel, 642 kg, was respected at all times during the qualifying practice sessions. Then the car was weighed again without any fuel on board and weighed only 640.0 kg, 2.0 kg below of the minimum weight.
“The scales were checked with the calibrated weights supplied by the organizer of the Event and they showed 599.5 kg when checking with 600.0 kg of weights. Taken this 0.5 kg into account, car 14 is still 1.5 kg below the minimum weight as required by Article 4.1 of the 2013 Formula One Technical Regulations.”
Di Resta will be allowed to start the race from the back of the grid.
Jules Bianchi was given a reprimand after failing to stop at the weigh bridge during the qualifying session.
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