Lotus officially protest over Mercedes DRS rear wing

The Lotus F1 team has lodged an official protest over questionable Mercedes innovative DRS rear wing system that the FIA has so far deemed officially permitted.

Some teams still need the clarification about the innovative system, new concept very aggressive in qualifying when DRS usage is not limited.

FIA’s Charlie Whiting recently said he think it to be entirely permissible, no official review had taken place. Now Lotus has lodged a protest and it will be down to Mercedes to prove the legality of the new system.

Espnf1 published a note from the clerk of the course reads: “A protest has been lodged by Lotus F1 team concerning the Technical Delegate’s scrutineering report (Document 5) of today’s date regarding cars 7&8 relating to their conformity with Article 3.15 of the FIA F1 Technical Regulations.

“Accordingly a hearing of the parties concerned (namely Lotus F1 Team and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team) is convene for 17.15 today Thursday April 12th 2012.”

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.

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