Both Sauber drivers have been disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix following post race scrutineering. It was found that the upper element of the rear wing infringed in relation to article 3.10.1 and 3.10.2 of the technical regulations.
The team immediately announced their intention to appeal with Technical Director James Key saying:
“This is a very surprising and disappointing result,” said Key.
“It appears that there is a question over the top surface of the uppermost rear wing element, this area is not the working surface of the component and therefore relatively unimportant to its function.
“Certainly this has not lead to any performance advantage. We are checking the design of the parts now to better understand the situation and we intend to appeal the decision made by the stewards.”
The disqualification means that Felipe Massa has been promoted to seventh with Sebastian Buemi, Adrian Sutil and rookie Paul di Resta all scoring points.