Having been disqualified from final results in Suzuka, Renault F1 have confirmed they don't wish to appeal the decision heading into the Mexican Grand Prix.
In a rather uncomfortable situation for the French manufacturer, following a 12-page document submitted by Racing Point during the Japanese Grand Prix race weekend, the FIA have taken the decision to disqualify the team from the final results at Suzuka for using what has been described as an 'illegal driving aid' - something that has been banned from the sport in a bid to ensure driver skill is not masked by technical trickery with modern F1 cars.
Although a subsequent investigation and evidence lodged by both parties came to the conclusion that the brake bias adjustment system didn't directly contravene the technical regulations of the sport, the FIA still adjudged the system to be a driver aid, which is against the current sporting regulations of Formula One.
Having reviewed the evidence following the Racing Point protest, the FIA has taken the decision to give Renault a slap on the wrist in the form of excluding the squad from their sixth and tenth placed finishes at Suzuka, adding more pressure on the French marque as they continue to fight for 'best of the rest' in the constructors championship this season.
Immediately following the ruling, Renault stated they would be considering their options heading to Mexico, however rather wisely the team have elected to offer no further appeal from the Japanese Grand Prix sanction.
The Renault statement in full:
We regret the Stewards' decision and, in particular, the severity of the sanction applied. 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 opportunities 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.
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