Sauber has elected not to appeal about the decision to exclude Segio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi from the opening round of the F1 season in Australia.

The pair had crossed the line in seventh and eighth before being thrown out of the race when it was found that that a rear wing element on the two cars contravened the regulations.

Although the team initially looked like it would appeal, the decision has now been taken not to push ahead with the planned appeal despite its insistence that it hadn't benefitted from the irregularity.

"It did not bring us any performance advantage, but the fact is that it was a deviation from the regulations," technical director James Key said. "We take note of the stewards' decision.

"We have since found that there was an error in the checking process for the relevant dimension on this component. We have already put measures in place to ensure that nothing of this kind occurs again in the future."

Despite the disappointment of missing out on points for both drivers, team boss Peter Sauber said there was plenty of optimism over the way in which the pair had performed on track at Albert Park.

"Both Sergio and Kamui put in a tremendous performance on Sunday," he said. "They gained no advantage from the inaccurate rear wing. They both fought hard to secure their finishing places and had really earned their points.

"Notwithstanding the disappointment, we have shown that we have a fast car and two highly talented drivers. It makes me optimistic for this season."



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