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Renault will not appeal Japan disqualification

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24/10/2019

In a brief statement issued this afternoon, Renault has confirmed that it will not appeal its disqualification from the Japanese GP.

"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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1. Posted by Paolo, 24/10/2019 16:47

"Why would they appeal it was hardly a huge haul of points and unlikely to change their position in the constructors championship at the end of the season.

The corporate suits at Renault will not take to kindly to allegations of cheating though. Suggest Cyril has a shave before the next board meeting."

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2. Posted by nonickname, 24/10/2019 16:26

"Perhapse they should name the technician who went to Racing Point!
It will cut his future employment prospects. it would also worry his present employers."

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