Massa excluded from Brazilian GP

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Massa excluded from Brazilian GP
Pablo Elizalde
By: Pablo Elizalde
Nov 15, 2015, 8:23 PM

Felipe Massa has been excluded from the Brazilian Grand Prix after his tyres were found to be too hot before the start of the race.

Felipe Massa, Williams FW37
Felipe Massa, Williams FW37
Felipe Massa, Williams FW37
Felipe Massa, Williams with the media

The FIA has imposed a maximum limit of 110 degrees Celsius for the tyres and teams are not allowed to overheat them in the blankets.

Checks before the race found the tyres on Massa's car were at 137 degrees.

The Brazilian has been disqualified as a result, having originally finished the race in eighth position.

"The rear right tyre on car 19 did not comply with the maximum tread temperature as specified in the event preview of the official tyre supplier," said the FIA.

"The temperature of the rear right tyre was measured in compliance with the FIA Technical Directive TD/029-15. The team did not comply with the FIA Formula One Technical & Sporting Regulations, FIA International Sporting Code and the instructions of the official tyre supplier in the event preview."

His exclusion means Romain Grosjean is elevated to eighth, with Max Verstappen in ninth and Pastor Maldonado in 10th.

This is the second disqualification of the Brazilian's 13-year F1 career, the first one coming in Canada in 2007 when he exited the pits under red light.

Williams has confirmed it will appeal the penalty.

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