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Ferrari stripped of WEC pole at Spa as car found 1kg underweight · RaceFans

Ferrari #50, Spa-Francorchamps, World Endurance Championship, 2024

Ferrari have lost pole position for the Six Hours of Spa after their number 50 car was found to be underweight.

Penske Porsche have inherited pole position for the race with their number five car which is shared by Matt Campbell, Michael Christensen and Frederic Makowiecki.

The Ferrari 499P shared by Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen was stripped of all its time in qualifying after it was found to be under the minimum weight limit by around 1kg. The minimum dry weight for the 499P as of this weekend’s race is set at 1,053 kilograms under the WEC’s Balance of Performance rules.

“After having checked the technical delegate report, the stewards considered the minimum car weight did not comply with the relevant regulations,” said the stewards in a statement.

“Consequently, the stewards decided to impose the disqualification of car 50 of the qualifying and hyperpole sessions and the deletion of the lap times of these sessions. The car 50 will start at the back of the Hypercar category.”

Ferrari said they fitted a replacement wing after final practice, which explained why the car no longer met the minimum weight limit.

“After a collision with another car during FP3, the 499P number 50’s damaged rear end had to be replaced with a new component, which led to the weight discrepancy discovered on Friday evening,” the team said in a statement.

Ferrari has confirmed it will not appeal against the decision.

Behind the pole-winning Penske Porsche, the sole Cadillac V-Series.R of Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn has been promoted to the front row. Porsche 963s occupy the next three places on the grid, while the highest-placed Ferrari is now the customer AF Corse machine of Robert Kubica, Robert Shwartzman and Yifei Ye in eighth.

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