by TF1T Staff  |    |   0  |  30 November -0001

Red Bull pair excluded from qualifying by stewards

Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have both been excluded from qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after their cars were deemed to be in contravention of the technical regulations.

The FIA's technical delegate Jo Bauer found that their front-wing flaps deflected outside the allowed tolerance under aerodynamic load.

Several members of the Red Bull team were seen discussing the matter with the race stewards on Saturday evening, but the stewards upheld Bauer's ruling and excluded both cars.

Ricciardo had qualified fifth with Vettel sixth. Both have been allowed to start the race from the back of the grid, though it's likely they may start from the pitlane to make changes to their car.

In a statement, Red Bull accepted the ruling but believed other teams were also breaking the rules: "We have been singled out for a front wing deflection test when it is clear that other teams are interpreting the rules in similar fashion."

However the team haven't been singled out as stated, as all the cars in the top ten were tested on Saturday evening.

As a result of the penalty, everyone from seventh and below is promoted two places.

Revised Abu Dhabi Race Grid:

#NoDriver Team Q1Q2Q3
01 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.308 1:41.459 1:40.480
02 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.207 1:40.920 1:40.866
03 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:42.346 1:41.376 1:41.025
04 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:41.475 1:41.144 1:41.119
05 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:42.302 1:42.082 1:41.908
06 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:42.137 1:41.875 1:41.964
07 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:42.439 1:42.168 1:42.236
08 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:42.467 1:41.940 1:42.866
09 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:42.104 1:42.198  
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:42.413 1:42.207  
11 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:42.654 1:42.239  
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:42.444 1:42.384  
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:42.746 1:43.074  
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:42.819    
15 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:42.860    
16 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:44.540    
17 46 Will Stevens Caterham 1:45.095    
18 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:42.768    
19 3 Daniel Ricciardo* Red Bull 1:42.204 1:41.692 1:41.267
20 1 Sebastian Vettel* Red Bull 1:42.495 1:42.147 1:41.893

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