Trulli to miss Formula E season opener

The Trulli Formula E team has been excluded from the opening weekend of the championship in Beijing after its cars were not presented for technical checks on Friday.

It is believed that delays at Chinese customs are partially to blame for the situation.

An official FIA bulletin first stated that: "After hearing the FIA Technical Delegate and Team Representative and receiving an additional letter from DHL Motorsport, the stewards granted a waiver to enter the cars to the race under conditions."

These conditions included a deadline for the cars to be scrutinised, but it appears Trulli could not meet it.

“It is a difficult situation but now Malaysia remains our new target and team is working hard to get things together,” Trulli driver Vitantonio Liuzzi told

“After Donington we knew it couldn’t be easy. But at the moment we don’t have all the materials to get on track. The package will be quite strong eventually and I think there is some potential ahead of us.”

The Trulli team could also face further sanction for failing to get its cars prepared in time. While highly unlikely, they could be excluded from the championship entirely.

Formula E Sporting regulations state that: "If in the opinion of the FIA a competitor fails to operate his Team in a manner compatible with the standards of the Championship or in any way brings the Championship into disrepute, the FIA may exclude the competitor from the Championship forthwith," it reads.