Renault stripped of points after disqualification from Japanese Grand Prix

Renault stripped of points after disqualification from Japanese Grand Prix

Renault stripped of points after disqualification from Japanese Grand Prix

Australian Ricciardo and German Hulkenberg were classified sixth and 10th at the October 13 race in Suzuka but the Racing Point team protested the brake bias system used by the French manufacturer.

The ruling was made on the grounds that Renault's brake-bias adjustment system "acts as a driver aid by saving the driver from having to make a number of adjustments during a lap".

They said: "Both Renault cars were disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix and the team loses the nine points scored".

Renault do not agree with the stewards' verdict that they breached sporting regulations in Suzuka, but they will not challenge the ruling.

Following the news that both Daniel Ricciardo (P6) and Nico Hulkenberg (P10) were disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix, Renault have confirmed they will look into the possibility of appealing the decision. However, it was viewed that the button control system was in breach of sporting rules that declare a driver must drive the auto alone and unaided.

According to the FIA, Renault "did not dispute" that the brake bias display changes automatically, but insisted that the drivers use buttons to actually change the settings.

"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", they said in a statement.

"It is also inconsistent with previous sanctions for similar breaches, as acknowledged by the Stewards in their decision, but expressed without further argumentation.

Nevertheless, it is still an aid and, therefore, contravenes [the regulations]", the race stewards stated.

The statement added: 'Formula One will always be an arena for the relentless search for the slightest possible opportunities for competitive advantage.

The disqualification lifted Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to sixth with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Racing Point's Sergio Perez now seventh and eighth.

The disqualification has a major impact on the constructors' championship, with Renault now 43 points behind McLaren in the fight for fourth, with Toro Rosso and Racing Point breathing down their necks six and 10 points adrift respectively. "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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