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Abiteboul wants 'crystal clear outcome' to Racing Point appeal

  • Published on 25 Aug 2020 16:23
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul has explained he is not looking for any form of financial settlement or to take away the relationship with other teams with appealing Racing Point, but rather a 'crystal clear' outcome on the FIA's decision to stop teams copying cars.

After constant appeals by Renault at the start of the season over the brake ducts on the Racing Point RP20, the team was eventually handed a €400,000 fine and deducted 15 championship points for use of Mercedes brake ducts.

It was then revealed by the FIA that Racing Point would be allowed to use the brake ducts until the end of the current season.

In response, Renault and Ferrari then appealed the penalty, while Racing Point itself also appealed the penalty claiming no restrictions or rules were broken by using the brake ducts.

With the matter now heading for the International Court of Appeal, Abiteboul explained the team's intentions with the appeals, looking to find a more clear answer in terms of moving forward with future car design and development.

“What we are seeking since the start of that process, it’s not a legal outcome, it’s not a degradation of the relationship between teams or team principals in the paddock,” Abiteboul told Autosport.

“It’s really some answers to a situation, to a precedent that has been set, a disruption that has been brought into the sport, and that’s what we’re after. We don’t think we have a clear resolution to that as of yet.

“We’ve been at the start of that process. We want to make sure we lead that process until there is a crystal clear outcome that cannot be turned around once things are settled.

“I’m not talking about a legal settlement: I’m talking about settlement in general. We want in particular satisfaction that the rules will be changed.”

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  • Well obviously. Why else demand an investigation unless you want clear answers. One would almost think you sound not only childish, but almost vindictive and as someone chasing a petty grudge, but you'd never do that, would you Sewage?

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    • Aug 25 2020 - 16:28
    • haha I think this is your hardcore prejudice speaking with regards to Sewage. For all the issues that I also have with his leadership, I think that F1 NEEDS a very clear outcome. For some reason, FIA has adopted this approach of taking very ambiguous positions. That doesn't work. I didn't with Ferrari and it won't with RP

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      • Aug 25 2020 - 22:46
    • @calle interestingly enough, I just saw in the news that Renault is withdrawing it's appeal

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      • Aug 25 2020 - 23:37
    • though it isn't really. I mean i play it off as such, but Renault and Abiteboul, as team and manager are genuinly out for blood regarding RP since last season, when they were instrumental in banning Renault's illegal parts. Most other teams would just " get on with it", but not Renault. And of course they did, they had no more ground to stand on, they'd look silly if they kept on it.

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      • Aug 26 2020 - 21:27
    • However Calle, if you were in his position you would probably do the same. And I agree, obviously things should be made clear for everybody, that's why they are not the only ones protesting.

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      • Aug 27 2020 - 05:44
    • nah, I'm more down Brown's lane on this. In fact I've been in a similar (but very different) scenario, and acted Brown's way.

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      • Aug 27 2020 - 06:50
  • f1ski

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    Cheaters get paranoid about cheating. How many elements of Renault’s engine and chassis
    Were inspired by other designs provided by budkowsky

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    • Aug 25 2020 - 20:35
    • siggy74

      Posts: 194

      Now with power modes banned on engines from September ;p

      Merc will have an even bigger margin to win. as others will have to set a higher less reliable setting to catch em, let alone beat em, ROFL....

      ow this is going to be a funny bite in the a...se for renault

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      • Aug 25 2020 - 21:53
  • The age of clear positions and defined judgements is over. Its all quid pro quo, and out side the court settlements. F1 perhaps “facilitated” some sorta deal.

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    • Aug 26 2020 - 17:39
    • siggy74

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      Deal done, and Renault drop the appeal ;p

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      • Aug 28 2020 - 00:12

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