Racing Point withdraws appeal over FIA’s F1 brake duct ruling

Racing Point has announced it has withdrawn its appeal against the FIA’s ruling over its rear brake duct design after receiving clarification on Formula 1’s listed parts rules.

Racing Point was hit with a 15-point Formula 1 constructors’ championship penalty and a $450,000 fine after it was deemed to have used an illegal design process for its 2020 rear brake ducts.

The team maintained its innocence throughout the case, claiming it had not illegally used information from Mercedes on its 2019 brake ducts, which its 2020 part was judged to have been a copy of.

Team Statement

We welcome the resolution the teams have agreed, and we’re pleased the FIA has provided much-needed clarification of the rules on listed and non-listed parts.

The stewards and all parties involved in the appeals process recognize that there was a lack of clarity in the regulations and that we did not deliberately break them.

Now that the ambiguity around the regulations has been settled, we have decided to withdraw our appeal in the wider interests of the sport.

This issue has been a distraction for us and the other teams, but now we and everyone else can get back to focusing solely on what we’re all here to do: racing hard and providing excitement and entertainment for the millions of F1 fans around the world.