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