Renault have been disqualified from their double-points finish at the Japanese Grand Prix, following a successful protest against their cars.
Following the Japanese Grand Prix, where Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg scored sixth and tenth place finishes respectively, Racing Point lodged a protest against the R.S.19 cars.
The stewards believed that the protest was valid, and impounded the electronic control units and steering wheels used by Renault at Suzuka.
Following further assessment of the case, the French marque have lost all nine points they accrued from Suzuka after it was decided that they had breached the Sporting and Technical Regulations and the FIA International Sporting Code, in relation to a ‘pre-set lap distance-dependent brake bias adjustment system’.
The verdict means that Racing Point, Toro Rosso and Ferrari all gain points. Charles Leclerc moves up to sixth place, whilst Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) and Sergio Perez (Racing Point) move up to seventh and eighth respectively.
Having previous been non-scorers in Suzuka, Racing Point’s Lance Stroll moves up to ninth place, and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat is promoted to tenth place.
Following a hearing between the FIA, Racing Point and Renault, it was ruled that whilst Renault had not broken any of the Technical Regulations, they had used “innovative solutions to exploit certain ambiguities in the Technical Regulations”.
Instead, Renault were penalised after the FIA classed these ‘solutions’ as a driver aid, which breaks Article 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations.
In the constructors’ championship, Renault have fallen to 43 points adrift of McLaren and their midfield rivals have been brought closer to challenging for their fifth place.
Toro Rosso are just six points behind Renault, with Racing Point a further four points back.
Renault have until 24th October to lodge any appeal against the decision, but are yet to comment on the outcome.
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