Renault requests to withdraw Racing Point appeal

Renault has announced it has requested to withdraw its appeal against the penalty handed down to Racing Point over the team’s brake ducts which has split the Formula 1 paddock.

The French team protested Racing Point three times this season until it was upheld by the FIA during the 70the Grand Prix weekend, at Silverstone. Upon which the stewards deducted 15 constructors championship points from the team and fined them a further €400,000.

The FIA also decreed that the ducts in question, identical to the ones on last year’s Mercedes W10 were allowed to remain on the Racing Point RP20 which has been described as the Pink Mercedes or Tracing Point.

The penalty caused consternation among the teams with Renault leading the protests and decided to appeal, what they felt was a far too lenient punishment. They appear to have recanted.

Renault Statement:

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 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.