Official Press Release from the FIA about Sebastian Vettel & RBR electing to start from the pitlane


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has been disqualified from qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and will start from the back of the field.

The world championship leader, who had qualified third, did not have enough fuel in his car for a fuel sample to be taken.

Vettel stopped his car out on the track on his way back to the pits at the end of the session, as had happened to McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in Spain in May.

It promotes his title rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari to sixth on the grid.

Vettel heads into the race with a 13-point lead over the Spaniard after winning the last four races.

The F1 rules require the car to return to the pits with at least one litre of fuel on board – running less fuel gives a performance advantage.

Red Bull have elected to start Sebastian Vettel from the pitlane,
Christian Horner: ‘Sebastian will start from the pit lane for tomorrow’s race’

Red Bull have withdrawn their car from parc ferme to investigate further.

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