Raikkonen excluded from qualifying, will start last

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2013Kimi Raikkonen has been excluded from qualifying after his Lotus failed a floor deflection test.

He will be allowed to start the race from the back of the grid.

The stewards considered video and telemetry evidence and invited Lotus to explain why it had failed the test. The stewards noted Lotus’s justification for the part failing was that “the relevant part broke upon contact with a kerb”.

But the stewards added they “did not accept that the incident referred to constituted an accident, or excused failing the relevant test”.

Raikkonen’s floor was found to transgress article 3.17.5 of the technical regulations because it “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 left-hand side”.

The rule which was broken states: “Bodywork may deflect no more than 5mm vertically when a 2000N load is applied vertically to it at three different points which lie on the car centre line and 100mm either side of it.”

Team mate Romain Grosjean’s car failed the same test at the Hungarian Grand Prix, however on that occasion the stewards accepted the team’s explanation that the damage was caused accidentally.

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102 comments on Raikkonen excluded from qualifying, will start last

  1. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 2nd November 2013, 20:25

    I’m sorry for Kimi… but the regulations are meant to be respected by everybody. Lotus escaped a penalty already, but it did not happen this time too… and it’s their fault indeed. If their car is the only 1 with a such problem, it’s proof enough they did something wrong. Was it done on purpose OR just a mistake, it doesn’t matter. Maybe it was lowered more than should have been, maybe it failed the “rigidity test”. Either way, Lotus is at fault. And what matters is that the car doesn’t meet the regulations. Fair enough in my opinion.

  2. Slackbladder1 said on 2nd November 2013, 21:35

    I have always felt that Kimmi has been purposefully ignored by the F1 Journalistic circus why? who knows!
    Perhaps because ‘Kimmi don’t play that way’!

    • TheBass (@) said on 2nd November 2013, 21:54

      More like Raikkonen has purposefully ignored the media circus.

      He’s very popular, the media wins nothing by ignoring him. He’s just a relatively private person.

  3. Andrew VanderLei (@andrewvanderlei) said on 3rd November 2013, 0:05

    Raikkonen fans! Keep calm and remember Suzuka 2005!

  4. Breno (@austus) said on 3rd November 2013, 0:18

    I want to stay away from conspiracy theories, but Lotus-Raikkonen has been having a lot of problems lately.

  5. The Limit said on 3rd November 2013, 2:03

    My first thoughts on Raikkonen’s penalty are ones of suspicion. After the events of last weekend, followed by Kimi’s threats not to race, then turning up a day late, one has to think that this is Lotus’ way of punishing the Finn.
    Some may scoff at this suggestion. How could Lotus, with still several grands prix to go, delibrately sabotage their driver in such a way? In short, very easily. I have never forgotten Ron Dennis’ words following the 2007 Chinese Grands Prix, that instead of racing the other drivers ‘we were racing Alonso’. The very man who Dennis was employing at the time and who was ‘racing’, apparently, for McLaren. To such a low had their relationship sunk, Ron was only interested in putting Fernando in his place after the events of Spygate and the Spaniards threats to tell the FIA all about it.
    Raikkonen, rightly or wrongly, has embarrassed Lotus in a very public way. In this they only have themselves to blame. Kimi was always a driver who could not be controlled, he does things his own way. In many ways, it amazes me that he lasted as long as he did at the sterile and dictatorial enviroment that is McLaren Mercedes. When you go against the team, as in other sports, you usually suffer the consequences.
    The events in India were not by any means something that happened over night. Alan Permane’s choice of language was pure frustration born out of the fact that Raikkonen does what he wants, when he wants. He belongs in a bye gone era the likes of James Hunt and Sir Jackie Stewart once thrived, not in the politically correct lovey dovey world of modern day F1.
    This man is not out to save the rain forest, he wants to drive flat out and enjoy life as a 34 year old playboy. In 2006 after retiring from the Monaco Grands Prix, Raikkonen did not return to the pits like 99% of the others. No, he went straight to a yacht in the harbour and celebrated life with a few mates and delicious looking females. The late James Hunt, a man Kimi has publicly admitted to admiring, would have been proud of that. He simply does not care!
    This devil may care attitude may make him popular with the fans, but I bet you it must get old with a team that has invested millions into a car and team. It must get old to the mechanics, who when they have a bad day can’t scamper off to a yacht to chat up a poopdeck full of hot looking blondes. The Finn may not be getting paid but he certainly is getting laid!

  6. MB (@muralibhats) said on 3rd November 2013, 4:08

    Was so happy that my prediction of kimi for win would had been possible. If Kimi does win from the back… I would be doubly delighted. Looks not probable. Need lot of luck.

  7. Bruno (@brunes) said on 3rd November 2013, 6:21

    I am 100% that if Vettel had taken similar penalty, most people would be cheering like little teenage girls

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