Sims excluded from first Budapest race
31 July 2011 – In a dramatic reshuffling of the first Budapest race results, erstwhile GP3 championship leader Alexander Sims has been excluded from his fourth position - handing the title advantage to Finland’s Valtteri Bottas.
After enjoying a superb start to shoot up to fourth place from 11th on the grid, Status driver Sims was removed from the results on Saturday evening after his car failed to pass post-race checks.
'The Status GP car's rear-floor height was found to be a fraction of a millimetre too low in scrutineering,' reads an official statement.
'Sims was excluded from the race and forced to start race two from the back of the grid. The team subsequently discovered some damage to the underside of the chassis caused during the race.'
This means that, not only does race winner Bottas inherit the championship lead, but Sims now starts Sunday’s race from the back of the grid.