Pitlane start for Sainz after weight check penalty

Carlos Sainz Jr will have to start the Monaco GP from the pitlane after missing a weight check in qualifying.

The Toro Rosso driver had made Q3 and earned an encouraging eighth place on his first F1 appearance in Monaco.

He said that he didn’t see the red light at the entry to the pit lane. The FIA does have some leeway if the car is immediately pushed back to the weighbridge without the team working on it, but in this case that didn’t happen and STR carried on unaware that he had missed the check, so the harshest penalty was inevitable.

The penalty means that Pastor Maldonado, Max Verstappen and Jenson Button will start in eighth, ninth and 10th spots.

Romain Grosjean had earlier been given a five-place penalty for a gearbox change.

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