Fittipaldi, MacLeod relegated to the back of the grid

Both Pietro Fittipaldi and Sam MacLeod will start races two and three at Spa-Francorchamps from the back of the grid after being penalised for technical infringements following qualifying in Belgium.

Brazilian Fittipaldi of Fortec Motorsports and Scottish driver MacLeod of Motopark both failed scrutineering with different issues.

MacLeod had been scheduled to start both race two and three from fifth on the grid, but his Motopark car failed a vacuum test that relates to the control of airflow to the engine, with the Scot feeling it was a crack in the airbox that caused the problem.

“I think there was a crack in the airbox,” said MacLeod afterwards, “and because of the cold conditions it got worse and worse, although there was definitely no performance advantage.”

Fittipaldi, who was scheduled to start alongside MacLeod in sixth in both races, was unable to supply the necessary 1kg of fuel after qualifying, and therefore was also penalised.