Nine championship points in the garbage-can for Renault, that loses Daniel Ricciardo’s and Nico Hulbenberg’s respective sixth and ninth place in Suzuka.
At the end of the last even in Japan, Racing Point went to the FIA to protest about a supposed ‘pre-set lap distance-dependent brake bias adjustment system’ used by the Renault cars and considered to be illegal by the pink team.
The FIA claimed that the protest was admissable and started to investigate the french cars. Ricciardo and Hulkenberg’s FIA standard electronic control units and the steering wheels were sealed and impounded.
Renualt’s defence wasn’t enough against a 12 pages dossier brought by Racing Point and FIA’s investigations: the team has been disqualified from the Japanese GP’s results. This means a double-point finish loss for them, with Lance Stroll and Daniil Kvyat joining the top 10. Meanwhile Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, and Sergio Perez got promoted to sixth, seventh and eighth.
This may just be the tip of a massive irregularity-iceberg for Renault. If further investigations would be considered necessary, more races could be put under disqualification threat.
BREAKING: Renault disqualified from results of the Japanese Grand Prix https://t.co/fH2TbNCBAI— Formula 1 (@F1) October 23, 2019