Ferrari are firmly involved in the plans to appeal for a harsher punishment for Racing Point, saying their brake-duct controversy is like “copying a test”.
Racing Point was fined 400,000 Euros and deducted 15 points after their Mercedes-inspired rear brake ducts were found to be illegal from a sporting perspective rather a technical one. As a result, Racing Point can still run the brake ducts.
Unsurprisingly though the drama isn’t yet over. Whilst McLaren and Williams have pulled out of a planned appeal over the sanctions imposed on Racing Point, arguing that they aren’t harsh enough, Ferrari and Renault plan to press ahead.
Racing Point meanwhile want the punishment quashed completely as they see their actions as being well within the rules.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto sees the FIA’s verdict as only a “starting Point”, and plans to argue how Racing Point’s breach of the rules is clear.
“As Ferrari we have already talked about the Racing Point case on Friday, we have already said what we think,” Binotto said on Sky Sports Italia.
“There have been protests, and there was the first verdict that said that what Racing Point did is illegal. This is a starting point.
“Stroll and Wolff may be furious, but there has been a violation of the regulations here.
“This is like copying a test. There are those who copy the test, and those who pass the test to have others copy it.
“I don’t think there’s anything to add to that. The facts are obvious. We are opponents and this is normal. Everyone looks at their own interest.
“We have laid down our intention to appeal. We believe that the sentence was not adequate, and we have four days to confirm it.”
Williams confirms it will not proceed with an appeal against the FIA's Racing Point ruling. Means only Ferrari and Renault are taking it further #F1
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) August 12, 2020
Mercedes are of course also involved in the case since it is their brake-duct designs which are causing the controversy.
The transfer of parts took place on January 6, after the brake ducts had become listed parts in a rule change between the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The ruling has at no stage pointed the finger at Mercedes for any wrongdoing, and team principal Toto Wolff made it clear that in his eyes, Mercedes and Racing Point have done “nothing wrong”.
“We have done nothing wrong. I strongly believe that Racing Point has done nothing wrong,” he said.
“I believe that if this goes to the International Court of Appeal, the lawyers and the barristers have a strong opinion that this is a case that has very, very solid pillars, and therefore everybody’s in a good place about that.
“If someone thinks that we have done something wrong, they should protest, and we’re happy to go to court.”