Berlin ePrix – Sebastien Buemi has been excluded from the first of the two Berlin races for illegal tyre pressures.
Buemi’s tyres were found to be below the minimum pressure of 1.60 bar on both of his cars, breaching Article 25.11 of the sporting regulations, resulting in disqualification from the race.
“After the first stint [the tyres were] 1.46, 1.57, 1.54 and 1.52 bar for each tyre respectively; after race was 1.54, 1.54, 1.59 and 1.53 bar for each tyre respectively instead of a minimum of 1.60 bar indicated on the MICHELIN FE tyre working range Berlin ePrix 2017,” read the stewards’ report.
The championship leader had worked his way up to fifth from 14th on the grid following a nightmare qualifying session, inheriting one place from Jean-Eric Vergne who was given a five second time penalty for an unsafe release.
This elevates Nico Prost to fifth, ahead of Daniel Abt, Sam Bird, Jean-Eric Vergne and Maro Engel with Oliver Turvey now completing the points.
Buemi’s closest championship rival Lucas di Grassi finished second in the race, and took pole position which awards three bonus points.
This means his advantage in the standings is cut from 43 to 22 points.
Renault eDAMS’ lead in the team’s championship has also been cut from 75 to 56 points.
Buemi is also due to miss at least one of the two New York races as it clashes with his Toyota commitments in the World Endurance Championship, which is racing at the Nurburgring on the same weekend.