McLaren withdraws appeal from Racing Point F1


The decision of these last two teams means that the case is now definitely before the International Court of Appeal.In the decision announced on Friday morning, FIA stewards fined Racing Point € 400,000 and amassed 15 points in the team’s world championship, while allowing the Silverstone team to continue using the same brake lines. Due to the complexity of the case, teams were given 24 hours to file a notice of intention to appeal, instead of the usual time.

The five teams that submitted a notice by Saturday morning then had 96 hours to confirm whether they will continue or drop out, a deadline which passes 9:30 a.m. UK time on Wednesday morning.

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Ferrari and Renault have now confirmed their intention to continue, while Williams told he will make an announcement in the morning. Racing Point, which has filed an intention to appeal and is on the other side of the case, has yet to make an announcement.

A McLaren statement said the team welcomed the FIA’s promise to clarify the copy issue, as single-seater chief technical officer Nikolas Tombazis expressed at Silverstone last weekend. Although the team has chosen not to actively participate in the case, they say they will “follow the proceedings with interest”.

Indeed, with at least two teams already pursuing the case, McLaren had little to gain from staying involved.

A statement given to said: “McLaren Racing has decided not to appeal the decisions of the FIA ​​Stewards in relation to Renault’s protests against Racing Point.

“The team is pleased with the decisions and conclusions of the stewards in this case and especially that the FIA ​​has shown that breaches of the rules will be investigated and punished.

“In addition, McLaren Racing is pleased that the FIA ​​is further clarifying the sporting and technical regulations to protect Formula 1 as a sport where teams are clearly defined as constructors, and removing the potential that the Formula 1 World Championship includes cars which are, in fact, copies of other competitors ”.

“Based on the above and a bird’s eye view of all the factors involved, McLaren Racing will not be pursuing the appeal in this case.

“In addition, McLaren Racing respects the decisions of Ferrari and Renault to pursue their appeals and will follow the proceedings with interest.”

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