Toyotas sent to back of grid for wing infringement 28 Mar 2009
The Toyotas of Timo Glock will start Sundays Australian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after stewards found their cars to be in contravention of the rules. They had qualified sixth and eighth respectively.
A post-qualifying inspection by the FIA found the TF109s to have extreme flexibility in their rear wings, thus breaking Formula One racings technical regulations. Glocks and Trullis qualifying times were cancelled as a result.
"The Stewards have received a report from the Technical Delegate that the upper rear wing elements of cars No. 9 and 10 are showing extreme flexibility in contravention of Article 3.15 of the 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations, said the FIA.
"The Stewards have heard the explanation from a representative of Panasonic Toyota Racing and have examined the cars in question.
"The Stewards concur with the opinion of the Technical Delegate and find the cars contravene the requirements of Article 3.15 of the 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations.
"It is the Stewards decision that cars number 9 and 10 be excluded from the Qualifying Session Official Classification."
According to Article 3.15, wings must be 'rigidly secured' to the sprung part of the car and not have 'any degree of freedom'.
Toyota said they accepted and respected the stewards' decision. The team plan to to modify the components overnight and are confident the modifications will not result in any performance drop for Sunday's race.
"The design has passed our own internal test procedures which are designed to reproduce twice the proscribed official load tests," said a Toyota statement. "In light of this decision it is clear we must review these procedures to ensure there is no repeat of this situation and we will also review our production processes to ensure there
is no variation between parts."