In a shock development Force India driver Paul Di Resta has been disqualified from his 5th place grid slot for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.
The Briton’s VJM06 car was found to be 1.5kg underweight when examined by FIA officials – such an offence would warrant the use of ballast to bring his Force India up to the required mark. However, it would also mean breaking Parc Ferme rules which, if violated, necessitates the competitor concerned starting from the pitlane on Sunday.
Speaking after qualifying, the Scot said he was ‘shocked’ to have secured a career-best grid slot in front of his home crowd, and that he had ‘driven the lap as well as [I] could have’.
The penalty moves the rest of the field up a single place, with the notable implication that Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo will now start the race from 5th place after a stirring effort throughout the sessions so far.