Racing Point withdraws appeal over RP20 ruling

Mark Scott
Lance Stroll Racing Point

Lance Stroll Racing Point

Racing Point has become the latest team to withdraw from the RP20 appeals process, saying they are pleased with clarification the FIA has since provided.

Racing Point were fined 400,000 Euros and deducted 15 points after their Mercedes-inspired rear brake ducts were found to be in breach of the Sporting Regulations.

The decision sparked appeals from both sides of fence, with Racing Point wanting to clear their name while Ferrari and Renault were set to push ahead for a harsher punishment.

But now Racing Point has followed Renault in withdrawing from the process before the matter was due to head to the FIA International Court of Appeals.

As it stands, Ferrari are the only team left in the legal challenge but are also expected to withdraw their appeal, too, which would official bring an end to the brake duct saga.

Protest against 'legal' RP20 is 'part of the circus'

 Get your hands on the official Racing Point 2020 collection via the Formula 1 store

“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,” a team statement from Racing Point read.

“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.”

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1, like our Facebook page and join us on Instagram!