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Exclusion spoilt a solid weekend for Sauber

Sauber have decided not to appeal against their disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix last weekend.

Debutant Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi were stripped of their championship points after stewards ruled their rear wing contravened FIA regulations.

The ruling spoiled a fantastic weekend for the team with Perez and Kobayashi finishing seventh and eighth respectively after an impressive qualifying performance.

On Sunday evening Technical Director James Key said Sauber intended to appeal but they have since decided against it.

“It did not bring us any performance advantage, but the fact is that it was a deviation from the regulations. We take note of the stewards’ decision,” he said today.

Perez, 21, received praise up and down the paddock for his performance in Australia where he made just a single stop, while others needed three.

Team Principal Peter Sauber, before the disqualification was announced, said: “I would call this a dream start to the season, as we could not have expected this. It is also a well deserved reward for both drivers.

“Kamui’s eighth place was a superb job. I have no explanation for what Sergio did, and how he managed to do 35 laps with a set of used soft tyres setting consistent lap times.”

Force India pair of Adrian Sutil and Brit Paul di Resta were the main beneficiaries of Sauber’s disqualification. They now inherit ninth and tenth after originally finishing outside the points.