The ruling fully accepted the DAS as a steering system so any incidental setup changes are similar to turning the wheel, they have no legal ground to stand on regarding parc fermé, especially since the ruling addresses those complaints.
Horner just repeated one of their claims from the protest:
"Alteration of the static toe angle on the front axle will also change the aerodynamic characteristics of an F1 car, typically performed in set‐up and prohibited in Parc Ferme. DAS operation, which is a front axle toe angle modifier, will have a measurable aerodynamic effect on the car, whether changing the trajectory or not."
which was thrown out by the stewards.
"The Stewards believe DAS is part of the Steering system, albeit not a conventional one. The key challenges to the legality of DAS rely on it not being part of the Steering system. If this were indeed the case, then it would be breaching the following Technical & Sporting Regulations: [...] 5. Article 34.6 of the Sporting Regulations: this forbids an adjustment of suspension in parc fermé. It is, for example, not permitted to adjust the toe angle by mechanically adjusting the length of the steering arms during parc fermé. Clearly (again) steering is a de facto exception, and if DAS was not considered to be part of it then it would fall foul of this Article. [...] the Stewards consider DAS to be a legitimate part of the steering system and hence to satisfy the relevant regulations regarding suspension or aerodynamic influence. In the opinion of the Stewards, the DAS system is physically and functionally a part of the steering system. As such, it benefits of the implicit exceptions to certain suspension regulations applicable to steering."
Marko said that they accepted the verdict and will not appeal. Apparently the thing about changing the suspension geometry is a theoretical "this decision means we should be allowed to" since RBR thinks the FIA might have created a gray area there.
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