Renault ask to withdraw from RP20 protest

Date published: August 25 2020

Renault Racing Point

Renault has announced that they have formally requested to withdraw their appeal against the FIA’s decision over Racing Point’s illegal brake ducts.

The Enstone team and Ferrari were poised for a date with Racing Point at the International Court of Appeal after the FIA fined Racing Point 400,000 Euros and deducted 15 points from their Constructors’ points total after their rear brake ducts were found to be in breach of the Sporting Regulations.

Renault and Ferrari were unhappy with the punishment and wanted further clarity on what can and cannot be copied from another Formula 1 car; Racing Point, meanwhile, appealed to give themselves an opportunity to clear their name as they continue to insist their RP20 car is compliant with all of Formula 1’s rules and regulations.

But the storm between the rival teams appears to be calming, as Renault has confirmed they would like to withdraw their appeal.

Renault said: “Beyond the decisions, the matters at issue were vital to the integrity of Formula 1, 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.”

All eyes now remain firmly fixed on whether Ferrari will follow suit and/or Racing Point intend to continue to take the matter to the courts.

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