FIA rules Racing Point protest against Renault admissible

  • Published on 13 Oct 2019 13:11
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

The points scored in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix by Renault are now in doubt after the FIA accepted to protest by rivals Racing Point, deeming the protest as admissible as the sporting body look to investigate the protest.

Racing Point launched a protest to the FIA shortly after the race, concerning the brake bias system of the two Renault cars as the Silverstone based team felt that the system was in breach of the F1's sporting regulations, technical regulations, and the FIA International Sporting Code.

Representatives from the two teams met with stewards and the FIA after the race and came to the conclusion that the FIA technical department will conduct a detailed analysis and investigation of the brake bias system on both cars.

"The representative is authorized in the name of the Stewards to call upon such outside technical assistance, including representatives of the Renault F1 and SportPesa Racing Point F1 Teams, in the conduct of their assessment," an FIA statement read.

"When the likely submission date of the assessment can be determined, the FIA Technical Department representative will communicate that to the Chairman of the Stewards so that the next meeting time to assess the claims made in the protest can be scheduled."

It is also understood that the Technical Department has sealed the standard Electronic Control Units and steering wheels from both Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg in an effort to further investigate the issue.

"Renault F1 Team acknowledges the protest lodged by SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team concerning its brake bias system following the Japanese Grand Prix." Renault responded after the meeting.

"Team representatives have met with the Stewards of the Event at Suzuka, but due to the complexity of the 12-page dossier prepared by SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team, a further meeting will take place at a future date, to be defined.

"Renault F1 Team intends to use this recess to prepare an equally detailed case to rigorously defend it's position. The results of the Japanese Grand Prix still stand at the current time."

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  • f1ski

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    Has the Hulk pulled off an Alonso with his soon to be ex team?

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    • Oct 13 2019 - 15:01
  • Interesting. I wonder how this would affect Renault's performance, if they have to amend it. Even small adjustments to brakes can be detrimental to performance.

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    • Oct 13 2019 - 15:02
    • f1ski

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      During the race the big advantage i see is that if the renault was hard on its front brakes the bias switch to the rear would preserve the brakes allowing the drivers to be aggressive throughout the race. There may be an advantage to use less rear(harvesting) to keep battery components cooler early in the race and then charge more later when the power advantage could be of use. Renault was fined not too long ago for what seemed a meaningless breach with the battery output these two may be related.

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      • Oct 13 2019 - 15:34
    • Hmm, I actually believe the bit about harvesting isn't illegal. If I recall correctly, the rules are more strict on maximum power output rather than how evenly the MGUK should harvest from each wheel. And the ruling seem to only affect Renault, so I think it's specific to their brake setup rather than the electronics.

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      • Oct 15 2019 - 07:11

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