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Williams drops Massa Brazil GP disqualification appeal

Williams has dropped its appeal against Felipe Massa's exclusion from the final classification of the Brazilian Grand Prix for a tyre temperature and pressure issue
Williams has dropped its appeal against Felipe Massa's exclusion from the final classification of the Brazilian Grand Prix for a tyre temperature and pressure irregularity.

The team confirmed on Sunday at Interlagos it would appeal against the FIA's decision but have now withdrawn its appeal having had three days to make a decision.

The FIA decided Williams was in breach of technical and sporting regulations in Formula 1 and subsequently disqualified the Brazilian driver post-race after he finished in eighth place.

It was reported that Massa's right rear tyre was at 137oC, 27oC above the maximum tread temperature which the team disputed at the time.

Williams has confirmed it still doesn't agree with the decision by the FIA and feels it has the evidence to disprove the penalty but it has opted not to appeal because the team feels a reversed decision will not change Williams' position in the F1 Constructors' championship and would be an unwanted additional cost.

With one race to go in the 2015 F1 championship, Williams has secured itself third place in the teams' standings regardless of results in Abu Dhabi next week, while Massa's chances of catching team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen also looks unlikely, with an 19 and 18 point deficit.



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15.11.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 leads Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
14.11.2015 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
15.11.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40 retires from the free practice 2
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 and Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.05.2017 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H

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nealio

November 20, 2015 7:47 PM

mrfill, So does this also mean that once a team has achieved the ranking they think they can they ought to make sure to score no more points in the championship to save on next season's entry fees? This only important to the financially desperate teams I'd imagine. It does sound a little counter-intuitive doesn't t?



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