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Date set for mass-damper appeal - updated 03 Aug 2006

The FIA’s appeal against the decision of German Grand Prix stewards concerning the legality of mass dampers will be heard in Paris later this month, it was announced on Thursday.

In scrutineering at Hockenheim, stewards passed Renault’s mass-damper device, despite earlier communications from the FIA to the teams effectively outlawing such systems. The FIA subsequently appealed that decision, prompting Renault to remove the device for fear of later punishment.

The hearing by the International Court of Appeal will take place on the morning of Tuesday, August 22 - the week prior to the Turkish Grand Prix - with a decision expected the following day.

In the meantime, the debate over the legality of the dampers continued at the Hungaroring on Thursday after Toro Rosso cars fitted with the system failed pre-race scrutineering.

The cars were rejected on the basis that the dampers are moveable devices which may improve the car’s aerodynamic performance - the same argument that was rejected by stewards in Germany. Toro Rosso have now removed the dampers.

Renault had been planning to re-install their system this weekend, after the FIA said in the week that they would not push for teams to be punished retrospectively should the dampers later be ruled illegal following the appeal hearing.

However, in light of Thursday's events - and a further letter from the FIA to the teams clarifying why the governing body believes the dampers are illegal - none of the teams is now expected to use them in Hungary.