‘Sauber To Appeal Disqualification In Australian GP’ Says James Key


Sauber will appeal the decision to disqualify them from the results of the Australian Grand Prix after irregularities with their rear wing.

The two Saubers had performed extremely well in the race with Team Principal Peter Sauber referring to it as a 'dream start' but the dream has soon turned into a nightmare.

Technical Director James Key was understandably upset with the decision and has revealed that they will appeal the penalty dished out by the FIA.

He said; “this is a very surprising and disappointing result. It appears that there is a question over the top surface of the uppermost rear wing element, this area is not the working surface of the component and therefore relatively unimportant to its function.

Certainly this has not lead to any performance advantage. We are checking the design of the parts now to better understand the situation and we intend to appeal the decision made by the stewards.”

In the race the one-stopping Sergio Perez picked up seventh place on his debut after he conserved his tyres and teammate Kamui Kobayashi finished behind him in eighth.

But following scrutineering in Parc Ferme, FIA stewards have found Sauber in breach of article 3.10.1 and 3.10.2 which refers to the number of millimeters of bodywork allowed behind the rear wheel centre line.