Renault demands that FIA shall strip Racing Point’s all points amassed during the disputed races, making it a fair punishment for them.
Renault’s managing director and team principal Cyril Abiteboul says Racing Point shall be stripped from all the points they have earned in disputed races this season.
“We were expecting a consistent sanction with other sanctions that we’ve seen in the past, the most recent point being the one that we accepted last year after Suzuka, when we were found in breach of the sporting regulations and not the technical regulations, and excluded from that event and therefore losing all our points,” he said.
“There was no discount for Renault so I don’t know why there should be a discount for Racing Point. It should be all the points of the events that we’ve protested.”
Abiteboul also queried why the stewards have allowed Racing Point to continue using the disputed brake ducts, but will continue to reprimand them after each race.
“We’re going to be in a bit of a strange situation where after every single event Otmar [Szafnauer, Racing Point CEO] will be called to the stewards, his brake ducts will be found similar to what they were and unchanged, and he will again receive a reprimand. So we are facing the prospect of 10 races, something like that, where his cars will be reprimanded.
“It’s a bit of a strange situation and I think we would like to have also a bit more clarity about that. I’m not necessarily saying that they should be excluded from the season but from a communication standpoint, to the fans, to the public, explaining why a car is still somewhat in breach because it will receive a reprimand but it’s OK to be part of the championship and therefore to be eligible for points, we think it’s a bit awkward.”
Renault started the appeal against Racing Point
Renault initiated the appeal against Racing Point and had problem with their cars in the Styrian, Hungarian and British Grands Prix, during the course of which they scored 14, 18 and two points respectively.
Later on, Ferrari, Williams and McLaren also joined this campaign by Renault. Finally, FIA upheld the plea by Renault and deducted 15-points of Racing Point and fined them.
However, Renault is not satisfied with the judgement and pushing for a harsher penalty. On the other hand, Racing Point is claiming non-guilty and moving against the judgement.