Renault F1 Team acknowledges the decision of the Stewards of the Japanese Grand Prix regarding the protest by SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team concerning the legality of Renault F1 Team’s braking system during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Despite the FIA concurring with Renault that the system was entirely legal under the FIA Technical Regulations, it was judged by the stewards that the system was in breach of the FIA Sporting Regulations regarding driver aid. Both Renault cars were disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix and the team loses the nine points scored.
However, considering the subjectivity of the qualification of a system as a driver aid and the variability of the associated penalties in recent cases, Renault F1 Team will consider its next course of action within the timeframe laid out by the FIA.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were disqualified from the results of the Japanese Grand Prix after the sport’s governing body ruled they had benefited from an illegal driver aid.
Australian Ricciardo and German Hulkenberg were classified sixth and 10th at the Oct. 13 race in Suzuka but the Racing Point team protested the brake bias system used by the French manufacturer.
The governing FIA said in a statement ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix that Renault had until Thursday to appeal the decision.
Renault scored nine points in Japan, consolidating their fifth place in the constructors’ standings.
It said the stewards had concluded after a telephone hearing that while the brake bias system “used innovative solutions to exploit certain ambiguities”, it did not breach the technical regulations.
The system was, however, not allowed as a driver aid.
“The brake balance adjustment system in question acts as a driver aid, by saving the driver from having to make a number of adjustments during a lap,” it said.
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