Renault is considering its position following the disqualification of both its cars from the Japanese Grand Prix and has not ruled out appealing the decision.Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg from the results of the last race after determining their brake bias systems constituted a form of driver aid.
However the stewards did not determine that the system infringed the technical regulations, which Renault referred to in a statement responding to the decision.
“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,” it said.
“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.”
The stewards have given Renault extra time to submit an appeal against the decision due to the unusual timings of the decision ahead of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
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