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Withdrawal Appeal Renault is no surprise

The team of Enstone has renounced the appeal against the sentence on Racing Point, but there are valid reasons behind this political choice.

After having fought alone a long battle shared by this whole paddock, Renault decided to withdraw the appeal against the ruling issued by the FIA on the Racing Point case, which had punished the Anglo-British teamCanadian with the subtraction of 15 points from the Constructors’ standings and $400,000 fine.

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Losanga had decided to appeal because it considered that the penalty was inconsistent with the infringement of the regulation, with Racing Point accused of having access to confidential Mercedes information for the design of the rear brake ventilation system. However, the decision to renounce the continuation of the legal battle before the International Court of Appeal in Paris – following Mclaren and Williams and leaving only Ferrari in the field – has well-established reasons and should not be surprised.

According to Movistar TV correspondent Albert Fabrega, Renault’s main objective was to impose a ban on the ‘Racing Point’ philosophy as early as 2021 and it seems that the Federation is already moving in this direction, with a technical directive that could be issued in the next few weeks.

According to this logic, therefore, there is a good chance that even Ferrari will soon decide to follow in the footsteps of Renault renouncing the protest, and this would almost certainly push Racing Point to accept the penalty received without resorting to the appeal of Paris.

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Race schedule (UTC+1)

Friday 28th August:

  • Free Practise 1         11:00-12:30
  • Free Practise 2         15:00-16:30

Saturday 29th August:

  • Free Practise 3        12:00-13:00
  • Qualifying session   15:00-16:00

Sunday 30th August:

  • Race                        15:10-17:10

The characteristics of the track.

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Lap length 7.004km (4.352 miles)
Race laps 44
Race distance 308.052km (191.415 miles)
Pole position Right-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’46.286 (Valtteri Bottas, 2018)
Fastest lap 1’41.501 (Sebastian Vettel, 2018, qualifying)
Maximum speed 319.6kph (198.59 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight and Kemmel straight
Distance from grid to turn one 271m
Car performance
Full throttle 70%
Longest flat-out section 2015m
Downforce level Medium
Gear changes per lap 42
Fuel use per lap 2.39kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.098s
Strategy
Pit lane time loss 17.4s

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Wolff: “At Spa we have unfinished business”

Hard to imagine, after six years of triumphs and a seventh in progress, but sometimes even the Mercedes is thirsty for revenge. There are few tracks in which, during these years of hybrid Formula 1, the Brackley team has experienced more complicated races in consecutive seasons. During the first years of domination, a ‘weak’ track for the Stuttgart house was considered Singapore. Now, numbers in hand, a similar speech could be made for Spa-Francorchamps. In the last two years, in fact, the spectacular Belgian track has always seen a Ferrari win, in 2018 with Sebastian Vettel and in 2019 with Charles Leclerc. Two races, these, which served as additional fuel for the German team’s suspicions against the Maranello power unit.

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“At Spa we haven’t won since 2017, so we have some unfinished business – said team principal Mercedes – it’s an iconic track and one of the fans’ favourites, but finding the right set-up can be difficult because of the variety of features it’s composed of. In addition, rain is also expected in the Ardennes, which will not make the work any easier. After struggling at Silverstone, we analyzed our problems and tried to reach the right conclusions within a few days. Winning in Spain was a great reward for all the smart work done in the days before and it makes me very proud to see how this team continues to raise the level”.

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