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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Alexander Albon of Thailand and Williams looks on in the Drivers Press Conference prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on April 08, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Albon Disqualified In The Fallout From Qualifying

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Alex Albon has been disqualified from Formula 1’s Australian Grand Prix qualifying after his car couldn’t produce a large enough fuel sample.

The end of Q1 saw Alex Albon being told by his race engineer to stop the car immediately, leading him to park the Williams on track in the final sector.

This was soon revealed to be down to the car almost being out of fuel. Formula 1 cars have to produce at least a one litre fuel sample so that the FIA can carry out its checks after the session.

As the Williams car could only extract a 0.33 litre sample in parc ferme, and that meant that they had not followed the rules set out in Article 6.5.2 of the Technical Regulations, Albon was referred to the stewards.

The stewards have decided that Albon will be excluded from qualifying, meaning that he will start Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix from the back of the field.

The stewards’ statement read: “After qualifying, Car 23 had insufficient fuel to yield the required 1.0 litre sample.

“Given this situation, Car 23 is not in compliance with the requirements of Article 6.5 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.

“According to Art. 6.5.2 competitors must ensure that a 1.0 litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time. The procedure was followed however the 1.0 litre sample of fuel was unable to be taken.

“The Stewards determine to apply the standard penalty for technical infringements. Therefore they took into account, that it shall be no defence to claim that no performance advantage was obtained.

The Stewards have received a request from Williams Racing to allow Car 23 to start the race. The Stewards therefore grant permission for Car 23, Alex Albon to start the race.”

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