Sirotkin excluded from Silverstone qualifying

Sergey Sirotkin - Credit: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service

After an investigation by the stewards at Silverstone, Sergey Sirotkin has been excluded from qualifying after failing to stop at the weighbridge.

The Russian driver had qualified fifth for Saturday’s Feature race at the British circuit, but will be forced to start from the pit lane after failing to return to the weighbridge before his mechanics worked on the car.

It is another disappointing day for the pre-season championship favourite, who has only scored points on three occasions in the first eight races, with the ART Grand Prix driver currently sitting tenth in the standings, twenty-six points behind Raffaele Marciello.

He has taken two pole positions at both Monaco and Austria but has yet to convert either into a race win, while he has only finished on the podium twice, with a runners-up spot and a third place coming at Baku.

Sirotkin was not the only driver to suffer a penalty at Silverstone, with Sergio Canamasas having acquired a three-place grid drop for unsporting behaviour in practice on Friday morning, with the Carlin driver having being found guilty of erratic driving on the slow-down lap towards MP Motorsport’s Oliver Rowland.

Canamasas initially qualified thirteenth (once Sirotkin’s demotion was confirmed), and is to start sixteenth on Saturday, just behind the struggling Alex Lynn of DAMS.