Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus E21 has been found to be outside the regulations set by the FIA, after the “Iceman” qualified in fifth place for tomorrow’s race at the Yas Marina Circuit. The 2007 World Champion has now been excluded, and will be able to start from the back of the grid, following a two-hour wait for the race stewards to confirm the penalty that was issued to the Ferrari-bound driver.
Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber had also been put under the same stringent test that is currently enforced by the FIA, and passed with flying colours. Raikkonen’s car’s front floor was deemed to have “deflected more than 5mm vertically when the load was applied vertically to it at the point which lies 100mm of car centre on the left hand side,” which contravenes Article 3 17.5 of the 2013 FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.
It has been the second time this season that either of the Lotus drivers have been investigated on such a matter, but Romain Grosjean’s car was without penalty as a result of damage sustained after kerb impacting during qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
This now means that Hulkenberg will start in the top five, with Fernando Alonso, who was not having a great run in qualifying will now start from tenth place tomorrow.
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