The provisional pole-winning No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 HYBRID has been penalized for an incorrect declaration of fuel flow meter.
The declaration by the stewards erases the 1m54.563s average time from Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway and the No. 7 will start the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season from pit lane, one lap down.
Following the stewards’ decision, Toyota Gazoo Racing said in a statement: “The team accepts full responsibility for the error, which had no impact whatsoever on car performance. The fuel flow meter which was used in the No. 7 was fully homologated and calibrated.
“Team processes and procedures will be strengthened immediately to avoid any repeat of this unfortunate error.”
The No. 8 Toyota, which finished four tenths behind its sister car, moves to the pole position with WEC debutant Fernando Alonso starting the race. Alonso turned laps in the heavily interrupted session, as did teammate Kazuki Nakajima.
Rebellion Racing’s entry with Bruno Senna, Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer will start on the front row.