Sauber has decided to withdraw its appeal against its disqualification from last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
Race stewards, under advice from FIA scrutineers excluded Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi’s Ferrari-powered C30 cars from their respective sixth and seventh- placed finishes when it was found that their upper rear wing element did not confirm to the regulations.
The cars recorded the top speeds at the Albert Park speed trap, although the team denied there had been any performance gain, with the curvature of the upper rear wing element found to be out by just three millimetres!
“After examining all the facts,” a team statement confirms, the Swiss outfit has “decided not to appeal” to the World Motor Sport Council and will accept the exclusion of both cars.
“It was a deviation from the regulations. We take note of the stewards’ decision,” added the team’s technical director, James Key, who also confirmed that more stringent measures were now in place to prevent any deviation from the regulations. The team blamed poor fabrication of the wings are the cause of it failing to conform.
Nonetheless, the performance of both drivers – particularly Pérez, who managed the entire race on a single pit stop – drew many positives for the team.
“Notwithstanding the disappointment, we have shown that we have a fast car and two highly talented drivers. It makes me optimistic for this season,” added Herr Sauber.