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GP Week : Issue 194
Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus After failing to comply with Article 3.17.5 of the 2013 FIA Formula One Technical Regulations – having a front floor deflect more than 5mm vertically when a load was applied vertically to it at the point lying 100mm of the car centre line – Kimi Raikkonen’s fifth-place grid position in qualifying became a net last when the Finn was excluded from the results of the session. Lotus argued that the car’s floor had broken after jumping a kerb, but the race stewards were unconvinced despite having accepted a similar excuse when the same occurred in Hungary, believing that the impact could not be characterized as an accident and therefore was no excuse for failing the test. While saturday saw Raikkonen’s floor fail the vertical 2000 Newtons of force applied from below, on sunday it was a lateral force courtesy of Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham that became the real bugbear of Raikkonen’s weekend. Having been forced to start at the back of the grid, Raikkonen made an opportunistic lunge down the inside of van der Garde at Turn One, but found himself staring at the Dutchman’s left rear tyre, which was bearing down on him. Contact was made and Raikkonen retired immediately with a broken tracking rod. When quizzed afterwards as to whether it may have been more prudent to have started from the pit lane and avoid desperate moves from backmarkers, Raikkonen simply answered “no”. “I went to the inside and then somehow managed to touch with a Caterham,” he said. “We didn't touch hard but I think the angle was very unlucky and it broke the steering.” Down and out at Yas 37 GPWEEK.com // 37 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> ABU DHABI