FIA to hear ‘damper’ appeal this month

Thu, 3 August 2006, 06:17

The International Court of Appeal will rule on the ‘mass damper’ saga after a hearing in Paris on August 22, the governing body said in a statement on Thursday.

The FIA appealed Hockenheim stewards’ decision last weekend to allow Renault to race with the controversial parts, after technical delegate Charlie Whiting earlier instructed teams to abandon the technology.

Fearing retrospective penalties by the Court of Appeal, Renault decided not to use its mass dampers in Germany, but the team announced this week that it intended to re-fit the system to its R26 cars this weekend at the Hungarian grand prix.

However, it is understood that during pre-race scrutineering at Budapest on Thursday, the legality of some cars was called into question as they featured mass damper devices.

”The (Court’s) decision is expected on Wednesday, August 23, 2006, in the afternoon,” the statement added.

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