Lucas di Grassi has called for the “very stupid” rule he broke in qualifying for ABB FIA Formula E’s race in Santiago to be immediately revised.
The Audi driver originally claimed pole position for Saturday’s race by 0.526 seconds ahead of Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi, but was excluded and sent to the back of the grid for violating Article 27.9 of FE’s sporting regulations.
This relates to an amendment filed by FE chassis supplier Spark ahead of the race in Santiago regarding brake usage on in-laps during qualifying.
Audi and di Grassi explained that the update requires all drivers to brake in exactly the same way on their in-laps as they do on their flying laps.
It has been introduced on safety grounds to avoid damage to the brakes.
Autosport has asked the FIA for clarification on the rule, which has not been made public, but had not received a reply at the time of publication.
After his exclusion from qualifying, di Grassi originally called the amendment “the most stupid rule motorsport has ever created”.
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