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Hamilton penalised. Maldonado takes pole.

At the end of Q3 today, Lewis Hamilton was told to stop the car out on the track after earning pole position in Spain, the reason for this was that Hamilton hadnt enough fuel to finish his in-lap and have the required amount of fuel left for a sample. Then the announcement came stating that the stewards were looking into whether Hamilton’s pole lap was set with an underweight car. The McLaren team argued that they had a fuel rig problem but the FIA weren’t agreeing as the rules on fuel are clear in Article 6.6.2 of the technical regulations: “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.” therefore Hamilton has been excluded from today’s Qualifying session and will start at the back of the grid in 24th. This moves everyone else up a position meaning that Pastor Maldonado will take his first ever pole position in Formula 1 and will be joined on the front row by Fernando Alonso.

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