Maldonado inherits pole after Hamilton excluded

Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado has secured his first Formula 1 pole position after Lewis Hamilton lost his fastest lap from yesterday’s qualifying session.

Hamilton’s McLaren stopped on the circuit during his cool down lap due to it not having sufficient fuel onboard to return to parc ferme. Under the sport’s regulations, each car must return to pits under its own power and for the team to provide a one-litre fuel sample in post-qualifying scrutineering.

The FIA stewards rejected McLaren’s case – put forward by team representative Sam Michael – that the car had stopped out on track due to reasons of ‘force majeure’.

The stewards decision means that Hamilton will start from the back of the field.

The decision means that Williams’ Maldonado inherits pole for the Barcelona round – the first of his career and Williams’ first pole since Nico Hulkenburg scored the top spot in Brazil in 2010.

See below for the revised grid for the Spanish Grand Prix.

No Driver Team Grid
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 3
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 4
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 5
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 6
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 7
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 8
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 9
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 10
2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 11
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 12
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 13
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 14
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 15
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 16
19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 17
21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 18
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 19
25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 20
24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 21
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 22
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 23
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 24

See below for’s Spanish Grand Prix Race Guide

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