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Raikkonen excluded from qualifying after failed floor test 02 Nov 2013

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013

Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen will start Sunday’s 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the back of the grid after his car failed a post-qualifying floor deflection test at Yas Marina. Raikkonen had qualified fifth.

“Car number 07 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,” said a technical report by the FIA’s Formula One technical delegate, Jo Bauer.

As they did with Romain Grosjean’s E21 in Hungary earlier this season, Lotus argued that floor damage caused by track kerbing had led to the failure, but this time their explanation was not accepted as an excuse for the car being unable to pass the test.

Raikkonen’s exclusion elevates Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg to fifth place on the grid and moves Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso back into the top ten. It also dents Lotus’s chances of catching Mercedes and Ferrari in the fight for P2 in the constructors’ championship.

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