Only hours before the start of the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, the paddock at Monza was abuzz with news that Racing Point have opted to withdraw their appeal of the FIA stewards’ decision regarding their Mercedes copy-cat brake ducts.
The team were aggrieved by the ruling and subsequent penalties that were meted out, with team owner Lawrence Stroll particularly incensed by the rulings.
Meanwhile, Ferrari alone are appealing the leniency of the penalties and for now there appears to be no change of heart by the Reds. This may change in the wake of this latest development.
BWT Racing Point F1 Team Statement
We welcome the resolution the teams have agreed, and we’re pleased the FIA has provided much-needed clarification of the rules on listed and non-listed parts.
The stewards and all parties involved in the appeals process recognise that there was a lack of clarity in the regulations and that we did not deliberately break them.
Now that the ambiguity around the regulations has been settled, we have decided to withdraw our appeal in the wider interests of the sport.
This issue has been a distraction for us and the other teams, but now we and everyone else can get back to focusing solely on what we’re all here to do: racing hard and providing excitement and entertainment for the millions of F1 fans around the world.