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Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen qualified in fifth spot for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday but was demoted to the back of the grid after his car failed a post-qualifying floor deflection test.
Lotus successfully argued that floor damage caused by track kerbing led to a similar failure by Lotus driver Romain Grosjean at the Hungarian GP, but this time their explanation was not accepted.
“The stewards heard the explanation of the team that the relevant part broke upon contact with a kerb,” read a statement from the FIA. “However, the stewards did not accept that the incident referred to constituted an accident, or excused failing the relevant test.”
Former Formula 1 driver Martin Donnelly, who raced for Lotus in 1990, is the governing body’s driver steward for the weekend.
Raikkonen's exclusion elevates Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg to fifth place.
It has been a frustrating weekend for the 2007 world champion, who on Friday made a rare public outburst over unpaid wages and threatened not to race in the final two races of the season.
Edited AP report