Renault won't appeal Japanese GP disqualification

Renault won't appeal Japanese GP disqualification

As a result both Daniel Ricciardo, who finished sixth, and Nico Hulkenberg, who finished 10th, were disqualified from the results of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Both Renault cars have been disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix following a protest by Racing Point.

However, Renault were not out of trouble, as the sporting regs state that drivers must drive the auto unaided and the system in place had meant both Ricciardo and Hulkenberg did not have to make the same adjustments as all other 18 of their rivals.

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg have been disqualified from the results of the Japanese Grand Prix after the sport's governing body ruled they'd benefited from an illegal driver aid. The FIA "constitutes a driving aid and is, therefore, not in compliance with Article 27.1 [of the] FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations".

"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".

Renault have until Thursday at 10 AM local time (Mexico) to lodge their appeal.

Renault do not agree with the verdict but will not take the matter any further, stating they did not wish to engage further in "sterile debate". However, it was viewed that the button control system was in breach of sporting rules that declare a driver must drive the vehicle alone and unaided.

"We regret the Stewards' decision and, in particular, the severity of the sanction applied".

After further submissions from both Racing Point and Renault, the FIA Technical Department carried out an analysis of Renault's software and data and held a further hearing via teleconference on Wednesday.

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

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'.

The stewards also noted that Renault's penalty is "more severe" than other recent breaches of Article 27.1, but that the relative gains were "specifically assessed" to come to the conclusion of disqualification in Japan.

Brake bias is changed by drivers using controls on the steering wheel.

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