McLaren withdraw Racing Point appeal

Racing Point & McLaren, 2020 Styrian Grand Prix

McLaren have decided not to proceed with their appeal regarding the decision on the Racing Point brake duct debacle. Meanwhile, Ferrari and Renault confirm that they both will continue their push for harsher punishment.

The persistence from Ferrari and Renault means that the case will go to the FIA’s International Court of Appeal.

On Friday, the FIA announced that Racing Point was to be deducted 15 World Championship points and ordered to pay a €400,000 fine for the similarities between the brake ducts on the 2019 Mercedes and 2020 Racing Point.

Teams were originally given 24 hours to notify the FIA of their intention to appeal then a further 96 to confirm whether or not they would proceed. Williams and Racing Point are expected to clarify their decision at Wednesday morning’s deadline.

McLaren’s statement on the matter says the team will “follow proceedings with interest” despite not playing an active role in proceedings. With Ferrari and Renault already prepared to take matters to the Court of Appeal, McLaren don’t really have anything to gain from joining the crowd.

“McLaren Racing has decided not to appeal the decisions of the FIA Stewards in relation to Renault’s protests of Racing Point.

“The team welcomes the Stewards’ decisions and findings in this case and importantly that the FIA has demonstrated that transgressions of the rules will be investigated and punished.

“Moreover, McLaren Racing is pleased that the FIA will further clarify the sporting and technical regulations to protect Formula 1 as a sport where teams are clearly defined as Constructors, and removes the potential that the Formula 1 World Championship includes cars that are, in effect, copies of other competitors’.

“Taking the above and a broad view of all factors into account, McLaren Racing will not continue with an appeal in this case.

“Additionally, McLaren Racing respects the decisions of Ferrari and Renault to pursue their appeals and will follow proceedings with interest.”