As I mentioned previously in one of my articles about Saturday’s qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton stormed to Pole position but pulled off the circuit almost immediately. It wasn’t certain whether the former champion ha a technical or mechanical issue but it was suspected that he may have run low or out of fuel.
That seems to have been the case. Lewis Hamilton will be starting the race from the very back of the grid due to the team being in breach of article 6.6.2 of the technical regulations (See below). This relegation means that Pastor Maldonado in his Williams will be starting from Pole position with home town hero Fernando Alonso along side him in his updated Ferrari F2012.
This decision came after much deliberation with the team’s Whitmarsh arguing that he had asked Lewis to pull off at turn 8 to ensure that the FIA had the minimum required fuel for its test. It is understood that Whitmarsh’s argument was
“It was a technical problem that happened in the garage that didn’t impede the performance of the car in any way. We stopped the car when it had 1.3 litres of fuel left in the car.”
However, this quote comes to me second hand and cannot be verified by myself at this time.
This is what I know for certain. The technical regulation in question states the following:
6.6.2 : Competitors must ensure that a one litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the Event. Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards of the meeting), if a sample of fuel is required after a practice session the car concerned must have first been driven back to the pits under its own power. *
Author: Ernie Black
Blog: F1Googs Blog