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Sauber: FIA cost us sixth

Peter Sauber hits out at the FIA for costing his team sixth in the constructors' championship
Peter Sauber has said that the FIA were partly to blame for his team failing to secure sixth in the constructors' championship this season.

Sauber were hit hard by the arguments surrounding the blown diffuser this year, having shelved development of the part when the governing body announced that it was to be banned.

However, the decision to then backtrack on that ruling and to allow the technology to remain in place for the rest of the season meant Force India were able to steal a march on the Swiss outfit and secure sixth in the championship come the season's end in Brazil.

"For all the joy we have not forgotten that we wanted more," Sauber wrote in a column for German publication Blick. "At mid season we were solidly in position six, but we soon fell behind Force India. The reason is the blown diffuser and the so-called 'off-throttle-blowing'.

"We stopped this development after the FIA announced the ban. That proved to be a mistake because the FIA went back and bizarrely allowed this technology again. It got us badly on the defensive into the second half of the season.

“Those with the systems optimised their advantage, achieving much more than a second per lap."



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PF - Unregistered

December 06, 2011 6:42 PM

The FIA should NOT be allowed to change the rules mid season. Sometimes it's complicated enough catching up with rule changes made before the season begins!

Wiki - Unregistered

December 06, 2011 6:48 PM

Sauber would probably suffer much more if they were to lose Kobayashi and Perez, so they should be pleased that none of the top teams are considering driver changes.



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