Sauber Will Not Appeal Melbourne Penalty


Sauber have revealed they are making a U-turn in their decision to appeal against their disqualification in the Australian Grand Prix.

Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez finished in the points but were excluded from the results after stewards found their rear wing in breach of regulations.

Technical Director James Key had told how disappointed they were and that the team would lodge an appeal against the decision. However today news has filtered out that following an internal investigation, Sauber will not appeal the ruling as the car was in fact in breach of the regulations.

Key explained; “it did not bring us any performance advantage, but the fact is that it was a deviation from the regulations. We take note of the stewards' decision.”

“We have since found that there was an error in the checking process for the relevant dimension on this component. We have already put measures in place to ensure that nothing of this kind occurs again in the future.”

The exclusion is very disappointing for Sauber and especially rookie Sergio Perez who had outperformed his teammate and thought he had taken world championship points on his debut but shows they have the pace for the rest of the season.

Team Principal Peter Sauber added; “both Sergio and Kamui put in a tremendous performance on Sunday.

“They gained no advantage from the inaccurate rear wing. They both fought hard to secure their finishing places and had really earned their points.”

“Notwithstanding the disappointment, we have shown that we have a fast car and two highly talented drivers. It makes me optimistic for this season.”