Kimi Raikkonen drives during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

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.

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, the stewards noted it was not the first time it had happened and the issue should have been addressed — and thus the car was deemed to have failed to comply with the regulations.

They note: “The stewards heard the explanation of the team that the relevant part broke upon contact with a curb. However, the stewards did not accept that the incident referred to constituted an accident, or excused failing relevant test.”

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