Renault withdraw Racing Point appeal over ‘copying’

Renault have decided to withdraw their appeal against the verdict in Formula 1’s “copying” controversy. Renault appealed because they felt the verdict did not make it clear the rules required originality in car design. Ferrari, who have also appealed against the verdict, have given no indication that they intend to follow Renault. Renault were concerned that the stewards’ verdict against Racing Point did not explicitly clarify that producing a “copycat car” was forbidden in the rules. Following the verdict, the FIA said it would seek to change the rules to ensure what Racing Point did for this season could not happen again. But Renault and Ferrari pressed on with their appeals because they wanted to be sure that this would be followed through.

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