Charles Leclerc is facing an investigation over an alleged discrepancy in his car’s fuel load.
“The fuel declaration of car number 16 was checked before the car left the pit-lane,” said Bauer. “There was a significant difference between the declaration of the team and the amount of fuel inside the car.
“As this is non in compliance with [technical directive] 12-19 I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”
The stewards will investigate the infringement after the race. Leclerc will start from third place on the grid.
The FIA introduced random checks of fuel weights at the beginning of the season to ensure teams do not exceed the maximum limit of 110kg of fuel during a race. Teams have to declare how much fuel is in their cars two hours before the pit lane opens ahead of the start of a race. If their car is selected at ransom before the race, the fuel is drained from it, weighed, checked against the declared quantity, and returned to the car.
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