Pastor Maldonado has been excluded from qualifying at the British Grand Prix after a post-qualifying inspection discovered a fuel regulations breach on his Lotus E22.

Maldonado qualified fifteenth for Sunday’s 52-lap race, but stopped late in Q2 with a fuel pressure issue. It turns out his Lotus had an insufficient amount of fuel in the tank to provide the FIA with the mandatory sample required if a car stops on-track in qualifying, which ensured all of his qualifying times were stripped.

“There was an insufficient amount of fuel to provide a 1.0 ltr fuel sample and therefore this is in breach of Article 6.6.2 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations,” a statement from the FIA Stewards reads.

Maldonado will start from 20th position on the grid, ahead of the Caterhams of Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi, who both failed to post a Q1 time inside 107% of the fastest time set by Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso.

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