BREAKING: Both Renault cars are disqualified from Japanese Grand Prix result

23-10-2019 20:44 | Updated: 23-10-2019 21:06
by Matt Gretton
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BREAKING: Both Renault cars are disqualified from Japanese Grand Prix result

Renault have been disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix after an FIA investigation into their braking system. Both Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg's result from the race has been removed. This process was initiated by a Racing Point protest. 

Renault's result from the Japanese Grand Prix will not stand after the FIA have disqualified the team as a result of an illegal braking system. The FIA determined Renault's braking system “constitutes a driving aid and is, therefore, not in compliance with Article 27.1 [of the] FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations”.

“The brake balance adjustment system in questions acts as a driver aid, by saving the driver from having to make a number of adjustments during a lap. The stewards note that there is a clear distinction between this system and one which provides actual feedback control, which would be a substitute for driver skills or reflexes. Nevertheless, it is still an aid and, therefore, contravenes [the regulations].”

Renault recorded a double-points finish in Japan. This result has now been void. Ricciardo finished sixth as Hulkenberg finished in 10th place, therefore, the French team will lose nine points in the F1 world championship opening the gap between themselves and McLaren to 43 points. 

Renault have the opportunity to appeal the decision. They will get until 10am Central Daylight Time, the local time in Mexico City, on October 24th 2019. The decision was made after an FIA hearing which was held in Geneva on Wednesday. 

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