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Red Bull excluded from qualifying for front wing infringement

22 Nov 2014

Red Bull have been excluded from qualifying in Abu Dhabi after stewards ruled that the front wings of both their cars were in breach of the technical regulations.

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, who qualified fifth and sixth respectively, have therefore had their times discounted, meaning they will start Sunday's race at Yas Marina from the back of the grid.

The FIA's technical delegate Jo Bauer referred Red Bull to the stewards after deciding that the front wings of both RB10s had been designed to flex under aerodynamic load - a contravention of Article 3.15 of the Formula One technical regulations which limits moveable aerodynamics.

Red Bull said in a statement: "Following the decision of the Stewards regarding the front wings on both our cars (Car 1 and Car 3), we are disappointed that we have been singled out for a front wing deflection test when it is clear that other teams are interpreting the rules in a similar fashion.

“The team accepts the decision of the Stewards and will start the race from the back of the grid."