Renault will not appeal Japan GP DSQ

Mark Scott

Renault concede something is 'not working'

Renault have confirmed that they will not be appealing their disqualification from the Japanese Grand Prix for using driver aids.

Daniel Ricciardo’s P6 and Nico Hulkenberg’s P10 at Suzuka were both chalked off following a decision made by the FIA on Wednesday following an initial protest from SportPesa Racing Point.

Renault had until Thursday to appeal the decision but, because they have no new evidence to submit towards a further defence, they have opted not to appeal.

“We regret the Stewards’ decision and, in particular, the severity of the sanction applied,” Renault said in a team statement.

“In our opinion, the penalty is not proportionate to any benefit the drivers derived, especially when used within the context of a system confirmed fully legal and innovative.

“It is also inconsistent with previous sanctions for similar breaches, as acknowledged by the Stewards in their decision, but expressed without further argumentation.

“However, since we have no new evidence to bring other than that already produced to demonstrate the legality of our system, we do not wish to invest further time and effort in a sterile debate in front of the International Court of Appeal concerning the subjective appreciation, and therefore sanction, related to an aid that reduces the driver workload without enhancing the performance of the car.

“We have therefore decided not to appeal the Stewards’ decision.

“Formula One will always be an arena for the relentless search for the slightest possible pportunities for competitive advantage. It is what we have always done and will continue to do, albeit with stronger internal processes before innovative solutions are brought on track.”

Renault have lost nine points as a result of the punishment, pushing them further back in their efforts to clinch the best of the rest spot from McLaren in the Constructors’ Championship.

The disqualification also means Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez have moved up to P6, P7 and P8 respectively in the race classification, Perez’s team-mate Lance Stroll is now classified as P9, and Gasly’s, Daniil Kvyat, as P10.

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