After multiple protests by Renault in the last three races against Racing Point about the legality of its RP20 car, the FIA stewards made a decision on the case this Friday morning, fining the team and withdrawing 15 points.
Racing Point was found to have violated sporting regulations in the brake duct design process for its RP20 car, as we mentioned in this article:
The team is allowed to continue using the brake lines for the remainder of the season, raising concerns among several teams about this decision.
Mattia Binotto on Friday´s morning mentioned to the SKY television network that the team would review "carefully" the decision of the stewards and consider "what's the next step". Ferrari just confirmed in a short statement late Friday that it would appeal the FIA's decision.
"We can confirm that we have just stated our intention to appeal against the decision regarding Racing Point."
By filing an intent to appeal, Ferrari now has 96 hours to formalize its appeal and gather evidence before submitting a case to the FIA International Court of Appeals.
Notwithstanding this, Renault is also considering appealing the FIA decision, while Racing Point is also looking for other alternative appeals after finding the ruling "a bit puzzling".
Binotto through the statement explained “We believe that the regulations are clear enough. We believe that there may be a breach of regulation, and there is a process. "
"But right now, I think it is something we need to clarify."
"I don't think today's verdict is enough, because again it only relates to the brake lines, but not to the whole concept."
"As Zak Brown said, I think it is just the tip of the iceberg, but there is much more to discuss."
McLaren, Renault and Williams have joined in and have also exercised their right to appeal. According to statements published by motorsport.com, an FIA spokesperson has confirmed that: "We have received notices of intention to appeal Renault's protest decision from the following competitors: Ferrari, McLaren, Racing Point, Renault and Williams."
Now the interested teams have 96 hours to study options and formalize their appeals.