Kimi Raikkonen has been excluded from qualifying after his Lotus E21 failed post-qualifying checks at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Raikkonen had qualified in fifth place but his exclusion means that he will start from the back of the grid.
‘After the qualifying practice session an assymetric LHS front floor deflection test was carried on car numbers seven [Raikkonen] and eleven [Nico Hulkenberg],’ read the stewards report.
‘Car number seven did not comply with article 3.17.5 of the 2013 FIA Formula One technical regulations as the front floor deflected more than 5mm vertically when the load was applied vertically to it at the point which lies 100mm of car centre line on the LHS.’
Lotus suffered a similar fate at the Hungarian Grand Prix when Romain Grosjean’s car was discovered not to comply with the regulations, but the team successfully argued that the car was damaged by the kerbs.
But the stewards did not accept a similar explanation at Yas Marina.
‘The stewards heard the explanation of the team that the relevant part broke upon contact with a kerb’, read the stewards decision.
‘However, the stewards did not accept that the incident referred to constituted an accident, or excused failing the relevant test.’