Half of Formula 1’s 10 teams have given notice of their intention to appeal the FIA stewards’ ruling on Racing Point yesterday.
Meanwhile Racing Point, which was handed a 15-point deduction and €400,000 fine for breaking the sporting regulations, has also declared its intention to appeal against the decision.
Teams had until 9:30am this morning to give notice of their intention to appeal the decision. They have a 96 hour-window to submit the appeals.
Several team bosses have indicated their displeasure with the decision. One contentious aspect of the ruling was that Racing Point may continue to use their rear brake ducts despite the stewards ruling the design process behind them had infringed the sporting regulations. Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said this was a “confusing element” in the verdict.
“This discrepancy between the sporting and technical [regulations] – in that you can run what has effectively been deemed an illegal part that shouldn’t have been put on a race car because it was, in effect, copied from another team, to a degree – to me, that isn’t right,” she said.
“It’s confusing for the fans to have that, to see now that a car that has been in breach of regulations, to still be allowed to run those parts. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me anyway.”
However Racing Point CEO Otmar Szafnauer said it was “ridiculous” that they had been found in breach of rules for using data which they originally obtained legally.
“We started the process of getting some data legally from Mercedes on brake ducts in 2018 before they were even contemplating moving them from non-listed to listed,” he said. “And now we’re in breach of a sporting regulation process that says because we started with some data that we legally obtained from Mercedes, we’re in breach? It’s just ridiculous.”
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