F1 » Raikkonen excluded from qualifying

Stewards at Yas Marina elect to demote Kimi Raikkonen to the back of the grid for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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November 02, 2013 8:02 PM

Good news for Grosjean who looks to have another chance to beat his team mate and for Alonso as well. Raikkonen is his closest challenger for 2nd in the WDC, but I doubt that it does interest much to Alonso. He looks to have lost his motivation and focus, and alongside Raikkonen I guess both can't wait for next season. Raikkonen has split with other teams in the past but the matter wasn't such bitter. It's all about money so I can't blame him.


November 02, 2013 9:02 PM

Lorenzo, Corruption would have been scrutineers finding the fault and agreeing to overlook it. Finding a fault and punishing it is not corruption it's called the rules. Lotus would have appealed if there was nothing wrong with the car.


November 02, 2013 9:29 PM

This tea tray/bib load test that the Lotus of Kimi failed is the standard load test for that part of the car, a load is applied up (hydraulic ram) from under the tea tray/bib, the tea tray/bib must not move upwards/tilt upwards more than five millimetres, the tests on the tea tray/bib of the RB9 carried out in India was different as it was a heat test to check if the tea tray/bib will move up when the skid- blog/stay/bracket were heated up (a process I have tried to explain on these pages), the RB9 did pass that heat test.
Anybody noticed/seen the FERRARI front wing flex/tilting forward today?


November 02, 2013 9:29 PM

lumpy. kimis exclude because it had a flexing floor which is against the rules. big johns problem was only a bit of vibration due to a small bit of broken bodywork flapping. not against the rules.


November 02, 2013 10:11 PM

Lotus apparently claimed it was damaged but stuwards said that should have sorted it from last Time it happend.
Tbh Imo it is obvious it not designed as it is only on the one side of the floor and not both.

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