Saturday, May 12, 2012
Lewis Hamilton must start last
BARCELONA, Spain -- McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton lost his Spanish Grand Prix pole position for breaking Formula One rules, giving Pastor Maldonado first place on the starting grid for Sunday's race.
Hamilton had an exceptionally strong final lap to beat the Williams driver by more than half a second for his third pole position of the season and 22nd of his career.
But the Briton was forced to stop his car after crossing the line, with McLaren contending their driver had insufficient fuel to return to the pits.
The sport's governing body ruled Hamilton violated rules and he was "excluded" from qualifying results. Hamilton starts from last place instead.