Kimi Räikkönen has been stripped of his eighth place in qualifying at the Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix after his Alfa Romeo failed scrutineering.

The Finn’s C38 failed a front wing deflection test, flexing more than the allowed 5 millimetres under a load of 60N (equivalent to 6.12 kilograms). The deflection tests exist to prevent teams from designing movable aerodynamic parts that would provide a competitive advantage.

The 2007 World Champion – who has scored points in all three Grands Prix this season since he moved to the former Sauber outfit in the off-season – will now be forced to start the 51-lap race from the pit lane.

Joining him in the pit lane will be Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly (who was himself disqualified from qualifying for a fuel flow violation) and Williams’ Robert Kubica, who crashed out of Saturday’s qualifying session and required extensive repairs to the front end of his car.

Räikkönen’s teammate Antonio Giovinazzi had originally qualified ahead of him in a career-best eighth place, however the Italian had a pre-existing 10-place grid penalty for fitting a third Control Electronics to his car.

Image via Alfa Romeo Racing

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