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Williams withdraws Brazil GP appeal

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Friday 20th November, 2015 - 9:21am

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Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa

Williams has decided to abandon its appeal against Felipe Massa’s exclusion from the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian finished the race in eighth position but was scrubbed from the results after his tyres were found to have exceeded the permitted temperature parameters stipulated by the FIA and Pirelli.

Williams intended to appeal the decision after claiming they had sufficient data to prove Massa’s car was legal.

However, the Grove-based team has since withdrawn its appeal after deciding the costs to fight the disqualification were not justified.

Williams has already secured third in Constructors‘ Championship ahead of the final round at Abu Dhabi next week.

“Following detailed consideration the team has concluded that despite not agreeing with the exclusion and believing it has sufficient evidence with which to successfully contest the ruling, it will not formally appeal the decision as a hearing date is unlikely to be available until after the end of the season, impacting a time when the team wishes to turn its attention to its 2016 campaign,” read a statement from Williams.

“Given the financial climate of the sport, and the fact that the decision does not impact the team’s constructors’ championship position, it has been decided that this would be an unnecessary cost to endure.”

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