Court of Appeal rules against use of mass dampers
The FIA International Court of Appeal has 'quashed' the decision of the stewards at the German Grand Prix, which clear Renault to run with mass dampers on the R26 at the Hockenheim event on July 30.
The ruling by the stewards at the end of last motnh went against what FIA technical delegate, Charlie Whiting had said and as such the FIA, the sports governing body, appealed against the decision, with Court of Appeal ruling in their favour.
The statement put out by the FIA read:
"The FIA International Court of Appeal met in Paris on Tuesday, August 22, 2006, to examine the appeal made by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile against decision number eight handed down by the Stewards of the Meeting on July 28, 2006, concerning the T car of competitor Mild Seven Renault F1 on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Germany and counting towards the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.
"Having heard the explanations of both parties and having examined the various documents and other evidence, the Court quashed decision number 8 of the Stewards of the Meeting and ruled that use of the device known as a Tuned Mass Damper is an infringement of Article 3.15 of the Formula One Technical Regulations."
The ruling is bad news for Renault, who attended the hearing in order to ensure put forward their side of the story.
"The team will attend the hearing and will put forward a case. It is not appropriate to comment on the technicalities of that case at this moment. However, we have every faith in the International Court of Appeal. We believe it is an unbiased final judgement, and we will respect its decision," Renault engineering director, Pat Symonds said prior to the decision last week.
Honestly I don't care if the teams attatch rockets to their cars as long as they're allowed to race and advance their cars.
:gun FIA :gun Max Mosley and his cronies.