Renault seeks withdrawal of Racing Point appeals

Esteban Ocon (FRA) Renault F1 Team RS20. Spanish Grand Prix, Saturday 15th August 2020. Barcelona, Spain.

An interesting turn of events in the paddock with Renault F1 asking the FIA if the team can officially drop their appeal against the verdict given regarding Racing Point’s illegal use of brake duct designs from Mercedes.

Renault and Ferrari were continuing the appeal process as they did not agree with the penalties given to Racing Point but it now seems that Renault are having second thoughts about pressing forward with an appeal process. The team said:

Renault DP World F1 Team confirms that it has requested to withdraw the appeals lodged against the stewards’ decisions in relation to BWT Racing Point F1 Team’s brake ducts.

Beyond the decisions, the matters at issue were vital to the integrity of Formula One, both during the current season and in the future. However, intensive and constructive work between the FIA, Renault DP World F1 Team and all Formula One stakeholders has led to concrete progress in safeguarding the originality in the sport by way of amendments to the Sporting and Technical Regulations planned for the 2021 racing season, confirming the requirements to qualify as a Constructor.

Reaching this strategic objective, in the context of the new Concorde Agreement, was our priority. The controversy of the start of this season should be put behind us, as we need to focus on the remainder of an intense and unique Championship.

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