- Abu Dhabi GP - Qualifying
Red Bull excluded from qualifying for illegal front wing
Both Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have been excluded from qualifying and sent to the back of the grid at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the stewards declared Red Bull's front wing illegal.
FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer reported the team to the stewards when he discovered that the front wing flaps had been designed to flex under aerodynamic load. After meeting with Red Bull representatives, the stewards agreed that the flaps were in breach of Article 3.15, which bans moveable aerodynamics designed to give an advantage.
The Red Bulls will be allowed to start from the back of the grid. The team accepted its punishment but believes it has 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, " read a short statement. "The team accepts the decision of the stewards and will start the race from the back of the grid."