Barcelona: None of the two Sahara Force India drivers managed to be in top-10 in the qualifying as Paul di Resta will start Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix in 13th position, just ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg.
McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton had grabbed the pole position with a lap time of 1m 21.707s, with which he pipped Willaims` Pastor Maldonado to second place.
However, the Briton was stripped of his pole position on after his team failed to put enough fuel in the car.
"A team member had put an insufficient quantity of fuel into the car thereby resulting in the car having to be stopped on the circuit in order to be able to provide the required amount for sampling purposes," an FIA statement said.
"As the amount of fuel put into the car is under the complete control of the competitor the stewards cannot accept this as a case of force majeure. The stewards determined this is a breach of article 6.6.2 of the FIA Formula One technical regulations and the competitor is accordingly excluded from the results of the qualifying session," the FIA statement read.
McLaren protested against the decision but their defense was rejected by the stewards.
Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso who was third moved to second, followed by Romain Grosjean in the third place.
Paul di Resta got the better of teammate Nico Hulkenberg, with a lap timing of 1m 23.125s but it wasn`t good enough to go into Q3.
India`s Narain Karthikeyan managed a timing of 1m 31.122s, which is well outside the 107 percent time of 1m 28.363s and it is not yet know if he is allowed to start.
Double defending champion Sebastian Vettel will start from eighth position, just ahead of Mercedes` Michael Schumacher and Suaber`s Kamui Kobayashi.
The trio did not set a Q3 time.