Pit lane start for Hulkenberg, revised Spanish grid

Date published: May 12 2019

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Nico Hulkenberg will star the Spanish GP from the pit lane after Renault changed the specification of his front wing during qualifying.

The German hit the barriers in Q1 on Saturday meaning he needed a front wing.

However, rather than just change the wing, Renault also put on a different specification wing.

As such the team broke parc ferme rules and Hulkenberg will have to start from the pit lane.

“The Stewards reviewed the evidence from the Technical Delegate and sought clarification from the Team Sporting Director,” read the stewards’ ruling.

“The Sporting Director advised that the Team’s opinion was that the front wing main plane was ‘similar’ to the one it replaced.

“However the Team was willing to accept the view of the FIA Technical Delegate that the front wing is of a different specification from the one used during qualifying.

“Accordingly, the Stewards determine that the competitor is required to start the race from the pit lane.”

Meanwhile Valtteri Bottas will line up from pole position for the third race in a row, with Lewis Hamilton also on the front row of the Spanish Grand Prix grid.

Bottas blitzed the track record at the Circuit de Catalunya with a stunning  1:15.406 in the first part of Q3 as he looks to try and extend his World Championship lead.

Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen are the first immediate challengers in P3 and P4 respectively, with Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly occupying the third row of the grid.

Haas duo Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, P7 and P8, will be hoping to finally convert another strong qualifying performance into points on race day.

Daniel Ricciardo made it into Q3, but a three-place grid drop for reverse crashing into Daniil Kvyat in Baku means he falls to P13.

Williams’ George Russell became the second driver to be hit with a grid penalty after his FW42 required a new gearbox following a crash in FP3.

That was followed by news that Antonio Giovinazzi also has a gearbox penalty. The Alfa Romeo driver will start P18 with Russell 19th.

Qualifying times and starting positions

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.406
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.040
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.272
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.357
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:16.588
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:16.708
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:16.911
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:16.922
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:17.5773
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:17.338
11 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 1:17.445
12 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:17.599
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:18.106*
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:17.788
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:17.886
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:18.471
17 Robert Kubica Williams 1:20.254
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.664 **
19 George Russell Williams 1:19.072**
Pit lane Nico Hulkenberg ***

* three-place penalty for causing a collision
**five-place penalty for new gearbox
*** pit lane start for breaking parc ferme rules

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