Renault has withdrawn its appeal against the penalty handed down to Racing Point over the team’s brake ducts, the team has announced.
Racing Point were found to have broken the sporting regulations by using Mercedes’ 2019-specification rear brake ducts in the process of designing their corresponding parts on this year’s car. The stewards fined Racing Point €400,000 and docked them 15 constructors championship points.
However they were permitted to continue using the brake ducts in question, which was one of two areas of concern raised by Renault after submitting its appeal against the decision. Speaking at the Spanish Grand Prix the team’s managing director Cyril Abiteboul also said Racing Point should have been docked all the points scored in the races which were subject to their protest.
However in a statement today Renault confirmed it will not continue to pursue its appeal. The team said it was reassured by plans announced by the FIA to prevent teams producing detailed copies of rivals’ cars from next season.
“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,” said the team in a statement.
“Beyond the decisions, the matters at issue were vital to the integrity of Formula 1, 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 1 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.”
The two other teams which appealed against the decision include Racing Point themselves, seeking to overturn it. Ferrari also lodged an appeal, raising similar concerns to Renault. RaceFans understands Ferrari intend to proceed with their appeal.
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