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Buemi Excluded from German GP Qualifying

July 24, 2011

Sebastien Buemi has been excluded from qualifying for the German Grand Prix following a fuel irregularity in his Toro Rosso.

Following an engine misfire and a fuel pressure problem during Friday’s free practice sessions, the fuel system was changed in Buemi’s STR07.
It is thought the fuel system may have been contaminated at this stage.

Having initially qualified in 16th, the exclusion deletes all of Buemi’s times; however the Swiss driver will still be able to start today’s Grand Prix, albeit from the pitlane. Another fuel system is to be installed in the Toro Rosso.

The reconfigured rear section of the grid looks like this:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 
16.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m33.698s   + 2.700
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m33.786s   + 1.960
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault        1m35.599s   + 3.773
19.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth      1m36.400s   + 4.574
20.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault        1m36.422s   + 4.596
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth      1m36.641s   + 4.815
22.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth         1m37.036s   + 5.210
23.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth         1m37.011s   + 5.185***
24.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari   -m--.---s   DSQ
*** Grid Penalty
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