• Australian Grand Prix

Sauber decides not to appeal

ESPNF1 Staff
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Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez had both finished in the points in Melbourne before they were disqualified © Getty Images

Sauber has announced that it will not be appealing its disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.

Sergio Perez had secured a brilliant seventh place on his Formula One debut, stopping only once, while Kamui Kobayashi followed him home in eighth place. However, a post-race scrutineering check found both cars to have an uppermost rear wing element that contravened the regulations, and they were subsequently excluded.

The team said in a press release that it would not appeal, and technical director James Key confirmed that having looked in to the reasons for the disqualification, Sauber felt it had no grounds.

"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," Key said. "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."

Team principal Peter Sauber paid tribute to the team's drivers, and pointed to the original finishing positions as reason for the team to take confidence in to the rest of the season.

"Both Sergio and Kamui put in a tremendous performance on Sunday," Sauber said. "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."