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Lewis Hamilton demoted to back of grid

Hamilton was in high spirits after qualifying - only to see his efforts dashed Credit: Reuters

Stevenage born Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of pole position for today’s Spanish Grand Prix and demoted to the back of the grid – after effectively running out of fuel during qualifying.

He had completed his triumphant lap and was midway through a ‘slow-down’ lap when his McLaren team ordered him to stop because of a ‘technical problem’.

The car was found to have just 1.3 litres of petrol after it was hoisted back to the pits – insufficient for it to have completed the lap and then to have provided a mandatory one-litre fuel sample.

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