Red Bull has been excluded from qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after both cars were found to be in breach of technical regulations.

Technical delegate Jo Bauer issued the following report after checking both Red Bull cars following qualifying, where Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth and Sebastian Vettel sixth:

"When checking the front wing of car numbers 01 [Vettel] and 03 [Ricciardo] it was found that the front wing flaps were designed to flex under aerodynamic load. In my opinion this is not in compliance with Article 3.15 of the Formula One Technical Regulations. Therefore I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration."

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The stewards then spoke to Red Bull team members before excluding both cars from qualifying, saying both Car 1 and Car 3 "did not comply with Article 3.15 (Aerodynamic influence)."

Red Bull immediately issued a statement saying it accepted the decision, but was unhappy at being targeted with the test.

"Following the decision of the Stewards regarding the front wings on both our cars (Car 1 and Car 3), we are disappointed that we have been singled out for a front wing deflection test when it is clear that other teams are interpreting the rules in a similar fashion," the statement read.

"The team accepts the decision of the Stewards and will start the race from the back of the grid."

As a result, Daniil Kvyat will start from fifth on the grid ahead of Jenson Button in sixth, with all subsequent drivers also moving up two places each.


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Maybe they have a "special" wing just for scrutineering.