Räikkönen excluded from qualifying
2 November 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen has been excluded from the result of Saturday's qualifying session in Abu Dhabi after his Lotus failed a post-session front floor deflection test. The Finn, who had qualified fifth quickest, will now start from the back of the grid.
Representatives from the Räikkönen's team were summoned to the stewards after it was uncovered that the left-hand side of his floor deflected "more than 5mm" when the vertical load was applied, a breach of Article 3.17.5 of the technical regulations.
Although the outfit claimed that kerb damage caused the floor irregularity, as it had successfully argued with Romain Grosjean after Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, the stewarding panel did not accept the viewpoint and opted to disqualify Räikkönen.
Grosjean moves up to sixth as a result of the stewards' decision, while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso enters the top ten after his first Q2 elimination of the season.