Ferrari trigger appeals over Racing Point verdict

Jon Wilde
Ferrari Racing Point

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Ferrari have been joined by McLaren and Renault in appealing against the FIA verdict on Racing Point’s brake ducts.

Racing Point have been punished with a 15-point deduction in the F1 Constructors’ World Championship and a 400,000 euros fine after Renault’s protest against them was upheld.

The design of the RP20 car’s rear brake ducts was found to be in breach of the sporting regulations but not the technical rules amid the furore over the ‘copying’ of last year’s World Championship-winning Mercedes.

But the team have been allowed to continue using the brake ducts for the remainder of this season, sparking concerns among a number of teams over the ruling.

Ferrari confirmed in a short statement that they will be appealing against the FIA’s ruling, later followed by McLaren and Renault.

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The Ferrari statement read: “We can confirm we have just stated our intention to appeal against this morning’s FIA Stewards’ decision regarding Racing Point.”

By stating their intention, Ferrari now have 96 hours to formalise their appeal and gather evidence before submitting a case to the FIA’s International Court of Appeal.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto had said earlier: “We really argue the entire process and the entire concept.

“We believe the regulations are clear enough. We believe there may be a breach of regulation and there is a process.

“But at the moment, I think looking ahead and looking forward, it’s something we need to clarify.

“I don’t think the verdict of today is sufficient because again it’s only relative eventually to the brake ducts, but not the entire concept.

“As (McLaren CEO) Zak (Brown) said, I think it’s only the tip of the iceberg, but there is much to discuss further.”

The ruling materially affects Ferrari as they are a direct competitor of Racing Point this year in the F1 midfield, the Scuderia’s fortunes having nosedived markedly from last season when they were racing at the front with Mercedes.

As Binotto intimated, Brown had also weighed in with his views on the matter, saying: “I think it’s (the verdict) thrown up a lot more questions than answers and there’s new evidence that we now have been able to see.

“And it’s something we too will review quickly and understand the appeal process and whether that’s something we want to potentially participate in.”

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