McLaren explain withdrawal from RP20 protest

Date published: August 12 2020

McLaren Racing Point

McLaren has withdrawn from the RP20 appeal process, stating they are the satisfied that the FIA will provide clarity on copying within Formula 1.

Following the FIA’s decision to deduct Racing Point 15 points and fine them 400,000 Euros for running illegal, Mercedes-inspired rear brake ducts, McLaren, Renault, Ferrari and Williams had stated their intention to appeal the verdict as they felt the punishment was not harsh enough.

While Ferrari and Renault are continuing in their pursuit for what they feel is justice, McLaren has pulled out from the process.

The team are now happy with the FIA’s investigation and conclusions, and are encouraged that the governing body will clarify the boundaries on what can and cannot be copied between Formula 1 cars in future.

“McLaren Racing has decided not to appeal the decisions of the FIA Stewards in relation to Renault’s protests of Racing Point,” McLaren said in a statement, as reported by Motorsport.com.

“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.”

Renault confirmed on Monday that they will be continuing on with the appeals process.

“We have confirmed our intention to appeal against the Stewards’ decision in respect of the Racing Point brake ducts,” Renault’s statement said.

“In the meantime, we will continue to work intensively with the FIA and all stakeholders to develop and implement a clear and enforceable regulatory framework that will ensure all teams participating in the 2021 season will develop their original aerodynamic concept by themselves.”

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