Pierre Gasly has been disqualified from the qualifying results for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after exceeding the maximum fuel flow permitted during his Q1 lap.

The Red Bull driver has already been slapped with a pit lane start after failing to go to the FIA weighbridge at the end of FP2 when instructed by race officials.

The French driver’s team had to make a second trip to the FIA race stewards after qualifying when it was confirmed he had exceeded the maximum fuel mass flow allowed.

“During the qualifying session 1 at 17:13hrs car number 10, driver Pierre Gasly, had exceeded the maximum allowed fuel mass flow of 100 kg/h when doing the fastest lap,” an FIA statement from technical delegate Jo Bauer stated.

The FIA have duly disqualified Gasly from the qualifying results in Baku after a hearing with Red Bull team representatives, but the outcome doesn’t change the French driver’s starting position given he is already set start from the pit lane in Baku.

Gasly effectively avoided a further penalty before qualifying for an unscheduled gearbox change, which usually carries a five-place grid drop, but with the Red Bull driver starting from the pit lane it means the penalty doesn’t carry any significant punishment.

 

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