McLaren points concern

McLaren (4/5 Constructors’ Championship) officials say their aim for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix is to “maximise the points we can score”, after a day to forget in qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton looked to have secured pole position in Barcelona, but was then relegated to the back of the grid after breaking a fuel rule.

The Briton was told to stop his car on the track during final qualifying, as there was insufficient fuel in the car for him to get back to the pits and provide a sample.

F1 officials handed out the severe punishment and stuck by their decision to move Hamilton (5/2 Drivers’ Championship) to the rear of the grid, despite an appeal from McLaren.

Hamilton admitted to be “extremely disappointed”, but added: “I think it’s clear that it’s going to be an incredibly tough race for us. Even so, as always, I’ll never give up and I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”

Hamilton’s team-mate Jenson Button endured a tough time in qualifying and will start tenth on the grid for Sunday’s race – the fifth of the season.

Williams-Renault driver Pastor Maldonado will start the race in pole – the first of his career – with Fernando Alonso (7/2jf Spanish Grand Prix Race Winner) also on the front row in his Ferrari.

Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen will start third and fourth on the grid, with championship leader Sebastian Vettel seventh.

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