Formula 1

Renault withdraw appeal of Stewards’ decision over “Pink Mercedes”

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Credit: BWT Racing Point Formula One Team

Renault DP World F1 Team have taken the decision to withdraw their appeal over the Stewards’ decision in relation to the brake ducts used by the BWT Racing Point F1 Team, the car having come to be known as the “Pink Mercedes”.

Earlier this month, the penalty imposed by the FIA that saw the team lose fifteen Championship points, and forced to pay a fine totalling €400,000 for being in breach of the sporting regulations. The punishment came under fire from several of the other teams on the grid, including Scuderia Ferrari, McLaren F1 Team, and Renault. Renault initiated a protest, believing that the brake ducts had not been designed by Racing Point, but instead by Mercedes-AMG Pertronas Motorsport.

Regulations state that every team must design their own car, and when the case was heard, it was decided in Renault’s favour, but ruled that Racing Point could continue to use the brake ducts for the rest of the season, which formed the basis of the team’s appeal.

Renault has since released a statement on their decision to withdraw the appeal.

“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 One 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.”

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