Kimi Raikkonen has been excluded from qualifying after his car failed a floor deflection test in Abu Dhabi. He will be allowed to start from the back of the grid. He also has the option to drop out of parc ferme, make ste-up changes, and start from the pit lane.
In Hungary a similar thing happened with Romain Grosjean, but the stewards accepted that the floor was damaged.
However this time the circumstances were different – in effect it was not the first time it had happened – and thus the car was deemed to have failed to comply with the regulations.
They notes: “The stewards heard the explanation of the team that the relevant part broke upon contact with a kerb. However, the stewards did not accept that the incident referred to constituted an accident, or excused failing relevant test.”