Autosport revealed that Lotus decided not to appeal against FIA decision on Mercedes DRS rear wing is legal; following its complaint about the design was rejected on Thursday night.
After a long discussion in Chinese GP paddock involving the FIA and representatives of the Lotus and Mercedes, the four race stewards at the Chinese GP threw out the protest that had been lodged earlier in the day.
“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.
Stewards also made it understandable that the detail that Mercedes had required explanation about the design from the FIA before the start of the season was important. The statement said: “Further, and distinct from the grounds above, the protest is dismissed on the grounds that the FIA confirmed the assertion of the Mercedes team that it had, in accordance with Article 2.4 and/or 2.5 of the F1 Technical Regulations, sought clarification from the FIA Formula One Technical Department concerning this matter and the FIA confirmed that the Mercedes design had been deemed permissible.”
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