GP Abu Dhabi, post qualifiche–02/11/2013
Abu Dhabi GP: Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus fails qualifying floor test
Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus Formula 1 car has failed a front floor deflection test after qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Finn had qualified in fifth place, but following post session checks by the FIA his car was found not to be in conformity with the regulations.
A statement issued by the governing body said that both Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg’s cars had been tested, with the Lotus not passing while the Sauber complied.
It stated that the Lotus’s "front floor deflected more than 5mm vertically when the load was applied vertically to it at the point which lies 100mm of car centre line on the LHS [left hand side]"
Lotus representatives have been summoned to the stewards to explain what happened, and whether or not there is an explanation for the failure such as a broken part.
At the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this season, Romain Grosjean escaped a penalty after a similar situation when it was proved that a broken floor stay had resulted in it not passing the deflection tests.
Lotus successfully argued then that an impact with the kerbs had damaged the stay, which resulted in the test irregularity.
Kimi Räikkönen Pleased to be Back on Top of His E21
With the shorter wheelbase E21 seeming to suit the Iceman here in Abu Dhabi, a P5 qualifying performance leaves him in a confident mood heading into the race where he scored his 2012 victory
How was your Saturday in Abu Dhabi?
Today wasn’t too bad overall. In the early sessions both yesterday and today I struggled a bit to get the car working how I wanted, but in the evening when the temperature is cooler it’s been much more to my liking. This is good as the race will be in the evening so we’d prefer it that way around for sure.
How’s progress with your return to the short wheelbase car?
The short wheelbase car seems to suit my style a bit better, so hopefully we can continue this way for tomorrow. It’s not a big change, but if you can get the front end of the car as you want it there can be a big difference in how it feels. This means I can drive normally and everything comes to me as I want it. Here today it was not too bad.
Can you have a strong race like last year?
Of course, you always want to be as far up the grid as you can and we clearly weren’t the fastest today, but you never know what might happen on Sunday. Our car is usually good in the race and as long as we don’t have any issues we should be up there fighting for a good result.