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GP Week : Issue 109
SAUBER DISQUALIFIED FROM 7TH AND 8TH Sauber’s season-opening double points-scoring celebrations were cut short in the Albert Park paddock on Sunday evening after their C30 race-car failed to pass scrutineering. Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi had raced to an admirable seventh and eighth places, but an infringement of articles 3.10.1 and 3.10.2 of the technical regulations meant they were disqualified, moving Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta into the points. Articles 3.10.1 and 3.10.2 of the technical regulations govern the geometry of the rear wing and the shape of the rear wing elements. The regulations state that “no part of [the rear wing elements] in contact with the external air stream may have a local concave radius of curvature smaller than 100mm.”, but the second element in Sauber’s rear wing infringed this rule. In essence, the rule means that a ball of radius 100mm, when rolled around the surface of the wing, must be able to touch every part of the wing. The rule was introduced this year as part of the ban on F-ducts, which made use of a slot in the rear wing. The Swiss-based team had enjoyed their best season-opening grand prix since 2008 when Nick Heidfeld finished second. Debutant Sergio Perez was seen by many as the driver of the day after conserving his tyres well to stop only once on his way from 13th on the grid to seventh place at the flag. Kobayashi pitted twice from ninth on the grid and followed his team-mate home in eighth place. Perez was understandably initially delighted after the race: “I will never forget this race, that is certain. After we changed from the hard to the soft tyres, I thought at first I had to push,” he said. “But then I realised I could manage the tyres quite well and we decided to go to the end with them.” Kobayashi was pleased to have been part of a double points score for the team, before news of the disqualification had reached. “I’m very happy we have managed to score points with both cars. I had a good start and got by Alonso, who overtook me later,” said Kobayashi. “I had a big moment when Rubens Barrichello and Nico Rosberg crashed in front of me, but no more excitement after that. It is a good start and makes me feel happy looking forward to the season.” Sauber have announced their intention to appeal the FIA’s decision. McLaren competitive despite poor pre-season Sauber disqualified from 7th and 8th Both Force Indias pushed into the points • • 33 FORMULA 1 Round 1 AUSTRALIA Points – Drivers: Vettel 25, Hamilton 18, Petrov 15, Alonso 12, Webber 10, Button 8, Massa 6, Buemi 4, Sutil 2, di Resta 1 Manufacturers: Red Bull 35, McLaren 26, Ferrari 18, Renault 15, Toro Rosso 4, Force India 3 Pos # Driver Team Laps Time Grid 1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 58 1:29:30.259 1 2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +22.2 secs 2 3 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 58 +30.5 secs 6 4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +31.7 secs 5 5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 58 +38.1 secs 3 6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 +54.3 secs 4 7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 +85.1 secs 8 8 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 10 9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 16 10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 14 11 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 12 12 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 57 +1 Lap 18 13 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 56 +2 Laps 20 14 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 54 +4 Laps 22 NC 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 49 +9 Laps 21 DSQ 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 58 +65.8 secs 13 DSQ 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 58 +76.8 secs 9 Ret 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 48 Transmission 17 Ret 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 22 Acc damage 7 Ret 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 19 Water leak 19 Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 19 Punct damage 11 Ret 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 9 Transmission 15 F1 AUSTRALIA >>