Racing Point appeals fine and points deduction

Tanya Simon
August 14, 2020

The FIA has already confirmed it will tweak the regulations for the 2021 season to outlaw copycat auto designs in the wake of the Racing Point case.

The FIA confirmed Racing Point, who argue they have done nothing wrong, were also appealing.

Racing Point also lodged its intention to appeal the decision that cost it 15 constructors' championship points and imposed a €400,000 ($473,000) fine, looking to clear itself of any wrongdoing having been found to be in breach of the sporting regulations.

However, it has been allowed to keep running the parts as the FIA said it would be unreasonable to expect them to re-design them during a season period.

Racing Point believe it has been harshly dealt with, and maintains it operated within the regulations at all times.

They had until Wednesday morning to decide if they wanted to continue with their action which would involve lawyers at the FIA's Court of Appeal.

A number of teams - Williams, McLaren, Ferrari and Renault - proceeded to come forward an appeal against the penalty, which they feel is too lenient in light of a guilty conviction.

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Ferrari has not publicly confirmed the exact grounds of the appeal.

Ferrari and Renault have opted to officially appeal against the verdict reached by the FIA stewards in the long-running saga over the legality of Racing Point's brake ducts.

"We have laid down our intention to appeal".

The four teams were keen to understand if there could be other parts on the Racing Point machine which are identical to the 2019 Mercedes.

It was also established that they provided Racing Point with computer-aided design models for the parts which assisted them in building this year's auto, dubbed the "Pink Mercedes".

The stewards reviewing the initial case after protests from Renault ruled that Racing Point could not be expected to unlearn the information it had about its brake ducts.

Racing Point F1 boss Otmar Szafnauer welcomed the opportunity to take the matter to court when speaking last weekend, saying further investigations into the design would only strengthen the team's case. We have not been protested. Obviously our reputation is very important, but it is intact.

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