Force India were found to have used a set of tyres during qualifying which they had notified the FIA would not be used following the final practice session. Teams are required to return one set of tyres before qualifying begins.
These tyres are scanned electronically to notify the FIA they will no longer be used. However one of the scanned sets was fitted to Hulkenberg’s car during qualifying in error.
Hulkenberg’s comparatively light sanction sees him moved back one place on the grid from seventh to eighth, promoting Valtteri Bottas.
Carlos Sainz meanwhile was driver was found to have held Felipe Massa up at turn two during Q2.
Sainz failed to progress beyond that stage of qualifying while Massa was eliminated.
Sainz was also given a three place grid penalty and two penalty points for the incident. The penalty drops him from 13th on the grid to 16th.