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Maldonado excluded from qualifying

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Pastor Maldonado has been excluded from the qualifying results for the British Grand Prix and will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid after Lotus was unable to provide a one litre fuel sample after the session.

Maldonado stopped on track in Q2 with what Lotus called a "fuel issue", but after the session the stewards excluded him for failing to provide a fuel sample.

"There was an insufficient amount of fuel to provide a 1.0 litre fuel sample and therefore this is in breach of Article 6.6.2 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations," read the stewards' statement. "The competitor is, however, allowed to start the race from the back of the grid in front of any cars that failed to set a time within 107% of the fastest time in Q1."

After the session Maldonado said: "We had a lack of fuel during the second qualifying session which meant I had to stop the car out on track. The team are investigating to find out what happened as otherwise the car felt good and we had a strong opportunity to be in the top ten.

"The pace was certainly there this morning and the car was doing what I wanted it to do. We had a good strategy through the difficult weather conditions today so naturally I'm a bit disappointed with where we ended up on the grid. Now the focus is to get the best result possible in tomorrow's race."

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