Once again FIA declared Mercedes W03 DRS F-duct rear-wing is legal. Now this time FIA reacted recently Lotus protest against Mercedes rear wing. FIA again and again declared the W03’s new innovative front-wing stall device to be officially permitted since the start of the season and have now maintained that stance in the wake of Lotus making their dissent official by launching a formal protest on Thursday.
“The stewards decided unanimously that the protest is dismissed,” the governing International Automobile Federation said in a statement. The reaction, Lotus has pledged not to appeal the decision.
Team Principal Ross Brawn says it’s frustrating in Shanghai that the problem was still hanging over his team.
“It’s disappointing after three races we’re still in this situation,” Brawn said of the protest. The system hasn’t changed, the FIA’s position hasn’t changed, and as far as I understand their argument hasn’t changed. Brawn told Sky F1.
“It is part of the DRS system. DRS are there to enhance overtaking and it’s there to enhance overtaking. It has no other purpose,” he added.
“There is no limitation on the effect that operating the flap has, and we are operating the flap and gaining as much as we can from the system. The flap is driver operated. But that is all that is driver operated.”
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