The FIA has thrown out Lotus' official protest against Mercedes' so-called 'double-DRS' innovation. Despite the governing body having consistently declared the system legal in Australia and Malaysia...

The FIA has thrown out Lotus' official protest against Mercedes' so-called 'double-DRS' innovation.

Despite the governing body having consistently declared the system legal in Australia and Malaysia, Lotus lodged the appeal in China on Thursday.

The parties, including the stewards, met for a hearing just after 5pm local.

"Having examined the evidence presented, the stewards decide unanimously that the protest is dismissed," the FIA ruling read.

The decision is subject to appeal, but Lotus has confirmed that it will accept the FIA's ruling.