The Sauber team has decided not to go ahead with its appeal against the decision to be excluded from the Australian Grand Prix.
Both Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi – seventh and eighth in the race – were disqualified from the Melbourne event for infringements relating to the rear wings of their cars. A radius on the upper rear wing element on the cars contravened the regulations by a few millimeters. The team had lodged a statement of intent to appeal, but announced on Tuesday it will accept the decision by the stewards.
"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," said technical director James Key. "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 boss 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."