Kimi Raikkonen will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the back of the grid after stewards elected to exclude the Finn from the results of qualifying.

The Lotus driver had posted the fifth best time in the session before his car failed a front floor deflection test.

The Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg passed a similar test.

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Representatives from Lotus were summoned to see the Yas Marina stewards to explain the failure, with the team insisting that it was a result of the floor being damaged by contact with the kerbs.

Stewards however ruled against the team and excluded Raikkonen from the results of qualifying, although he will be allowed to start the race from the back of the grid.

"The stewards heard the explanation of the team that the relevant part broke upon contact with a kerb," a statement from the stewards read.

"However, the stewards did not accept that the incident referred to constituted an accident, or excused failing the relevant test."

Romain Grosjean had suffered a similar failure in Hungary, with the Frenchman escaping penalty.