Sauber say they will not appeal their exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix.
However the team continued to insist they did not gain an advantage from running a rear wing element that did not comply with the regulations.
Technical director James Key blamed “an error in the checking process” for their exclusion from seventh and eighth places in Sunday’s race.
The team issued the following statement:
After examining all the facts, the Sauber F1 Team has decided not to appeal against the verdict of the stewards following the Australian Grand Prix last Sunday. The two drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi had crossed the finish line in Melbourne in seventh and eighth places respectively, but were subsequently excluded from the results. The post-race scrutineering check by the race stewards revealed that a radius on the upper rear wing element on Perez?óÔé¼Ôäós and Kobayashi?óÔé¼Ôäós cars contravened the regulations by a few millimetres.
?óÔé¼?ôIt 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?óÔé¼Ôäó decision,?óÔé¼?Ø said James Key, the team?óÔé¼Ôäós Technical Director.
In the meantime, the Sauber F1 Team has carried out a comprehensive internal investigation. ?óÔé¼?ôWe 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,?óÔé¼?Ø added Key.
The decision came as a particular blow to the two drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi. Team Principal Peter Sauber commented: ?óÔé¼?ôBoth 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.”
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