The Lotus F1 Team were forced to miss Thursday’s scrutineering at the Yas Marina Bay circuit ahead of Sunday’s Formula One season finale, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix due to the late arrival of their freight.
The Enstone outfit who are set to announce shortly that they have been sold to Renault saw their freight arrive at the circuit on Thursday morning meaning that it was impossible for the team to prepare the cars for their mandatory pre race checks. As a result the team sent a request to the stewards explaining the situation and the explanation has been accepted.
In a statement released this afternoon, the FIA confirmed:
The stewards agree that cars 8 [Romain Grosjean] and 13 [Pastor Maldonado] must undergo scrutineering before the start of first practice on Friday morning.