Both Red Bull’s have been excluded from the results of today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying session by the FIA.
Once qualifying had come to an end, the FIA believed the Red Bulls’ front wings were flexing under heavy loads and carried out a further investigation to decide whether or not they were.
From that investigation they decided that both cars were breaching Article 3.15 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations and have been excluded from qualifying.
Soon after the decision to exclude both cars was made, Red Bull issued a statement accepting the stewards decision but were disappointed to have been singled out.
“Following the decision of the stewards regarding the front wings on both our cars (Car 1 and Car 3), we are disappointed that we have been singled out for a front wing deflection test when it is clear that other teams are interpreting the rules in a similar fashion.
The team accepts the decision of the Stewards and will start the race from the back of the grid”
However, the FIA deemed that the change of front wing to a legal wing was a change of specification and the two Red Bull drivers will start the race from the pit lane. In addition, the Red Bull team have altered the set-ups to both cars in order to aid overtaking with greater straight line speed.
Now the provisional grid is as follows:
- Grosjean (who carries a drive through penalty into the race)
- Ricciardo (pit lane)
- Vettel (pit lane)