Sebastien Buemi has been disqualified from race one of the Montreal ePrix as scrutineering after the race found the reigning champion’s car to be underweight.
Buemi has put in a mightily impressive performance to rise from a lowly grid position of 12th to fourth place, lessening the impact of losing his title advantage to race winner Lucas di Grassi.
However, the technical stewards found his car to be running under the minimum weight of 880kg and subsequently excluded him from the results, handing di Grassi an 18 point lead in the standings.
The news caps off a day of undulating emotions for the Swiss driver, who had a run in with four separate drivers in the pit lane following the race, more notably Robin Frijns and Daniel Abt, both of whom he made contact with over the course of the 35 laps.
The steward’s decision reads as follows:
“The car was underweight in post-race Parc Ferme. The team manager agreed that there were no errors in the weighing procedure. The stewards note that this car was in large part destroyed in an accident during Non Qualifying Practice 2. The team used a new monocoque, battery pack and gearbox as well as many other new parts. There was reportedly insufficient time to weigh the car after the rebuild and before the race, even though the weighing platform schedule had been increased by 30 minutes by the Technical Delegate. The team reportedly added 4kg additional ballast to compensate for any weight variation in the rebuilt car.”