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Gasly excluded from qualifying results

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27/04/2019

Pierre Gasly has been excluded from the qualifying results for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for a breach of the fuel flow rules.

The stewards, who reviewed the evidence from the technical delegate and heard from Red Bull representatives, subsequently found that the fuel mass flow exceeded 100 kg/hr during the fastest lap set by the Frenchman.

However, as Gasly was alrerady due to start from the pitlane after failing to stop at the weighbridge during FP2 yesterday, the exclusion will have no impact.

Interestingly, while breaches of the rule - Article 5.1.4 of the Technical Regulations - have happened before, most notably rresulting in Esteban Ocon's disqualification from last year's UnitedcStates Grand Prix, this was only in races, not during qualifying.

Despite knowing that he is to start from the pitlane, Gasly was the pace-setter in Q1 today, the Frenchman opting not to post a time in Q2.

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1. Posted by TokyoAussie, 28/04/2019 8:56

"This rule is my most disliked rule of all. Why do we need to have it? There’s already a fuel limit, so let drivers use fuel as they see fit. Boost to overtake, not a problem. Overuse it and they won’t make it to the end. Strategic use of higher fuel flow rate would help spice things up. "

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2. Posted by bfairey, 28/04/2019 8:11

"I agree Ro more mickey mouse rules."

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3. Posted by Lapps, 28/04/2019 7:56

"Think again. Fuel flow rate = Horsepower!
Gasly is lucky in getting no effective penalty for cheating. It is doubtful it happened by accident.
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4. Posted by Ro, 27/04/2019 21:29

"Too many pointless rules that to the ordinary person can understand. Fuel flow? Its a joke."

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