Midpackers hurl accusations following F1 Japanese Grand Prix
Racing Point officials say Renault cars are using illegal braking system
Ah, those wacky Formula 1 midfielders are pointing fingers at each other again.
Renault says it will take the two weeks ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix on Oct. 27 to prove that its 2019 car is legal.
Having prepared a 12-page dossier, F1 team rival Racing Point lodged an official protest against what it alleges is a “pre-set lap distance-dependent brake bias adjustment system” designed and raced by Renault. Racing Point thinks the system regulates the brake balance automatically, depending on where the car is on-track. But the rules stipulate that it is the driver who must adjust the brake balance.
The FIA ruled that the protest is admissible and seized the ECUs and steering wheels used by Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg at Suzuka.
Renault said it “acknowledges the protest” but explained that further meetings with the FIA are now necessary “due to the complexity of the 12-page dossier.
“Renault intends to use this recess to prepare an equally detailed case to rigorously defend its position,” said Renault in a press statement.
Renault is fifth and Racing Point seventh in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship standings. The two teams are separated by 23 points.