Paul di Resta will be sent to the back of the grid after post qualifying scrutineering found his Force India to be 1.5kg underweight.
“After the third qualifying session car number 14, driver Paul di Resta, was weighed 641.5kg, 0.5kg under the minimum weight as required by the Formula One Technical Regulations. After this the car was completely drained of fuel in order to establish that the minimum weight of the car without fuel, 642kg, was respected at all times.”
Once the fuel was removed from the car the Force India tipped the scales at 640kg but later it was found that the FIA scales were calibrated slightly incorrectly and that the car weighed 640.5kg.
The Scot had qualified in fifth position after a superb qualifying effort and starting from the back of the grid will make for a very challenging home Grand Prix. An added effect of the penalty will be that di Resta will be forced to start the race on the same tyres used in qualifying.