The Last Ten Disqualifications in Formula 1

With Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo having been disqualified from his impressive second place at the recent Australian Grand Prix, I took some time to check out the last ten disqualifications in Formula 1, investigation who had the misfortune to get disqualified, and the reasons why they suffered that fate.

  1. Sergio Perez/Kamui Kobayashi – Australian Grand Prix 2011

Both Kobayashi and Perez in their Sauber’s were disqualified post-race after their rear wings were deemed to be illegal.  They had finished in seventh and eighth.

DQ1

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Australian Grand Prix 2009

Hamilton in his McLaren was disqualified post-race after the stewards deemed his team had provided deceptive information about why Jarno Trulli passed Hamilton behind the safety car.

DQ2

  1. Rubens Barrichello – Australian Grand Prix 2008

Barrichello in his Honda was disqualified post-race for exiting the pitlane while the red light at the end of the pitlane was illuminated during a safety car period.  He had initially finished sixth.

DQ3

  1. Felipe Massa/Giancarlo Fisichella – Canadian Grand Prix 2007

Both Massa in his Ferrari and Fisichella in his Renault were disqualified mid-race for exiting the pitlane while the red light at the end of the pitlane was illuminated during a safety car period.

  1. Takuma Sato – Chinese Grand Prix 2006

Sato in his Super Aguri was disqualified post-race from his 14th place after it was deemed he had ignored blue flags during the race.

  1. Robert Kubica – Hungarian Grand Prix 2006

Kubica in his debut race for the BMW Sauber team was disqualified post-race from seventh due to his car being underweight in a post-race weight check.  This was blamed on excessive tyre wear but the disqualification remained.

  1. Tiago Monteiro/Christijan Albers – German Grand Prix 2006

Both Monteiro and Albers in their Midland F1 cars were disqualified post-race as the rear wing was deemed to be too flexible.  They had finished 13th and 14th respectively.

  1. Takuma Sato – Japanese Grand Prix 2005

Sato in his BAR was disqualified post-race for a collision with the Toyota of Jarno Trulli.  The move was deemed dangerous by the FIA.

  1. Juan Pablo Montoya – Canadian Grand Prix 2005

Montoya in his McLaren was disqualified mid-race for exiting the pit lane while the red light at the end of the pitlane was illuminated during a safety car period.

  1. Jenson Button/Takuma Sato – San Marino Grand Prix 2005

Post-race, Button’s BAR car was found to be underweight, and both Button and team-mate Sato were disqualified and banned from the next two events in Spain and Monaco.

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