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Lotus' Mercedes protest thrown out

Mercedes rear wing and DRS system declared legal in China

The formal protest lodged by the Lotus F1 team against the controversial rear wing and DRS system used by Mercedes has been dismissed, with the FIA, the sport's governing body, declaring it legal.

The Lotus F1 team filed the relevant paperwork earlier today in the countdown to this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, the third round on the 2012 F1 schedule [see separate story - HERE].

Lotus believed the wing contravened article 3.15 of the technical regulations, which reads: “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.”

However the stewards unanimously dismissed it, leaving Mercedes free to use it for the remainder of the season.

“Article 3.15 does not apply because it does not directly use driver movement, as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car,” the FIA explained.

“The alteration is indirectly (and not directly) consequential to the movement of the driver adjustable bodywork ("DRS").”

The device had previously been declared legal by FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting, although a number of the teams wanted clarification before developing their own versions of the Double DRS.

Lotus can appeal, but it is being reported that the Enstone-based operation will not exercise that right.

Tagged as: FIA , Mercedes , Lotus , Lotus F1 , rear wing , protest , DRS

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April 13, 2012 1:15 AM

Lotus has just taken one for the teams, now it is official and those willing and able will apply the princaple to their chassis. I wonder how lotus is feeling about the brake assisted device to keep their car level. If the fia are saying with wing activates the system and not the driver pressing the button, could lotus then say the foward momentum under breaking causing the nose to dip activates the hydrualics to keep the car level as apposed to the brake pedal doing it.... Thoughts?

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