Renault considering options following disqualification

Renault is considering its options after being disqualified from the Japanese GP

Following confirmation that it has been disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix, the Renault Formula 1 team has confirmed that it is considering its next course of action.

The Anglo-French team was excluded from the most recent event following a protest by Racing Point centered on an automated brake bias adjustment system.

It was claimed both Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg’s cars automatically adjusted the brake bias as they circulated.

However, in their deliberations stewards noted that the system did not breach Formula 1’s technical regulations, the team being found to have breached sporting regulations.

Details of precisely how the system worked were not revealed, though stewards did clarify that it was not lap distance dependent as claimed by Racing Point.;

It also went on to clarify that the system did not breach the sport’s Technical Regulations, though its use as a driver aid did contravene the Sporting Regulations.

“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,” the statement read.

“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 team has until 1000 local time on Thursday morning (0200 AEDT Friday) to lodge an appeal.

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