Ferrari and McLaren have signaled their intention to appeal the FIA stewards’ verdict in the case involving the design of Racing Point’s brake ducts.
The Silverstone-based outfit was found guilty following a protest by midfield rival Renault of breaching the technical rules regarding the design of the brake ducts of its 2020 car, a copycat of Mercedes 2019 W10.
Racing Point was fined €400,000 and docked 15 points from its Constructors’ championship tally, but the team is allowed to continue using the brake ducts for the remainder of the season.
“We can confirm that we have just stated our intention to appeal against this morning’s FIA Stewards’ decision regarding Racing Point,” a Ferrari spokesperson said, while McLaren confirmed on Friday evening that it would also lodge an appeal on Saturday morning.
Ferrari feels the punishment levied upon Racing Point is not “sufficient” as the entire ‘copy’ concept of Racing Point’s RP20 should have been called into question.
“We really argue the entire process and the entire concept,” Binotto said.
“We believe the regulations are clear enough. We believe that what there may be a breach of regulation, and there is a process.
“But at the moment, I think looking ahead and looking forward, it’s something that we need to clarify.
“I don’t think that the verdict of today is sufficient, because again it’s only relative eventually to the brake ducts, but not the entire concept.
“As Zak [Brown] said, I think it’s only the tip of the iceberg, but there is much to discuss further.”
Ferrari and McLaren may not be the only teams filing an appeal in the next 24 hours as Renault, the team that brought Racing Point’s case to the FIA stewards, is also mulling getting involved in an appeal process.
Finally, on the opposite side of the legal bench, Racing Point itself is contemplating an appeal of the FIA’s decision.
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