Massa excluded from Brazilian GP for tire infringement

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Felipe Massa has been excluded from Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after the stewards found his right-rear tire to be 27ºC above the maximum permitted temperature at the start of the race.

Massa had finished eighth at Interlagos, picking up four points for Williams, but has now been stripped of this position following an investigation by the stewards.

“On the grid the tread temperature and minimum tire starting pressure of the right hand side rear tire was checked on car number 19 [Massa] after the “5-minutes” signal was given,” FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer wrote.

“The temperature measured on the tread of the right hand side rear tire of car number 19 was 137 °C, 27 °C above the maximum tread temperature of 110 °C allowed by the official tire supplier. The corresponding tire pressure at 137 °C was 20.6 psi, 0.1 psi above the minimum starting pressure.”

The stewards responded to Bauer’s referral by excluding Massa from the final results.

“The Stewards, having received a report from the Technical Delegate (document), heard from team representatives, FIA Technical Delegate and FIA Technical Assistant, have considered the following matter, determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to,” a statement said.

“The temperature of the rear right tire was measured in compliance with the FIA Technical Directive TD/029-15. The team did not comply with the FIA Formula One Technical & Sporting Regulations, FIA International Sporting Code and the instructions of the official tire supplier in the event preview.”

The decision sees Romain Grosjean and Max Verstappen move up to eighth and ninth respectively, while Pastor Maldonado now takes the final point for P10.