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Author Topic: Lotus F1 officially protests Merc wing  (Read 614 times)

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Lotus F1 officially protests Merc wing
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:06:41 AM »

FIA has backed DRS slots, is this about seeing drawings of how it's done?  :DntKnw:            

The Lotus team has filed a protest against Mercedes's rear wing ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

Although the FIA had deemed the DRS wing legal twice in the previous two races, Lotus has decided to officially protest its legality ahead of the Shanghai race, the third round of the championship.

The team lodged the protest under article 3.15 of the technical regulations.

"With the exception of the parts necessary for the adjustment described in Article 3.18, any car system, device or procedure which uses driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car is prohibited," the rules sate.

A meeting with Lotus and Mercedes representatives was held in the afternoon in China, after which the former lodged a 2,000 Euro deposit for the protest.

Mercedes's design helps stall the front and rear wings for a straight-line speed boost, something rival teams believe it is illegal as it makes use of driver movement when he activates the DRS.

Autosport.com, Today, 09:45 GMT.

« Last Edit: April 12, 2012, 03:31:21 PM by John S »


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Re: Lotus F1 officially protests Merc wing
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 03:29:24 PM »
It appears the protest has been rejected quite speedily by the race stewards.

Lotus's protest against the legality of Mercedes's rear wing has been rejected by the FIA, Formula 1's ruling body.

Lotus had lodged a protest on Thursday ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix as it believes the DRS system used by Mercedes goes against the regulations.
Lotus believed the wing was in breach of rule 3.15 of the technical regulations.

"With the exception of the parts necessary for the adjustment described in Article 3.18, any car system, device or procedure which uses driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car is prohibited," the rule says.

On Thursday evening (Shanghai time), however, the FIA said that stewards had agreed unanimously to reject the Lotus protest, meaning Mercedes will be able to continue using it over the grand prix weekend.
Lotus has the right to appeal stewards' decision.

Autosport.com, Today, 13:44 GMT.

It is also now reported that Lotus have ruled out an appeal against the stewards decision.
Well that saves everyone a lot of bother over what is after all more of a gimmick than true pace enhancement. The DRS can only be used fully in Quali so most of the pack catches up any lost places quite quickly anyway in races. ;)






« Last Edit: April 12, 2012, 03:38:35 PM by John S »
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