Lotus to protest over Mercedes rear wing
17 March 2012 – Lotus will protest the results of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, believing Mercedes’ f-duct rear wing system does not comply with the regulations. However, F1 governing body the FIA has already cleared the system this weekend.
Rules state that no system is allowed, should it be driver-operated. Mercedes is effectively taking advantage of a loophole by allowing air through a duct which is only open when DRS is in operation; however, Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier believes this is driver-operated and will protest the results of qualifying after the session.
When speaking to Sky Sports, McLaren counterpart Martin Whitmarsh shared a differing opinion over the Mercedes rear wing.
“I think there is an exception in the regulations and I support Charlie and the FIA on this,” Whitmarsh began to explain. “It operates with DRS, which itself is driver-operated but that is allowed in the regulations. I think it is actually quite clear but, obviously, others don’t. I guess the stewards will make a decision later this evening.”
The results of the protest will be published on GPUpdate.net later on Saturday.
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