Pastor Maldonado will start 20th after the penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

will start 20th after the penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has been excluded from qualifying for the British Grand Prix after failing to have enough fuel left in the tank of his Lotus to meet the requirements for the FIA fuel sample.

The Venezuelan was told to stop on track in Q2 and finished the session in 15th, ahead of Adrian Sutil, who did not post a time.

The rules specify that he goes to the back of the grid, but in this instance he will start in 20th ahead of the two Caterhams – who failed to meet the 107% rule in Q1, and thus had to be given dispensation by the stewards to be allowed to start.

A Lotus source said Renault engineers were to blame for the error in fueling the car.

Meanwhile with Max Chilton receiving a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change and Esteban Gutierrez carrying a 10-place penalty for an unsafe release in Austria, some of those who had bad days today will gain up to three places.