Williams has confirmed that it has opted not to appeal the decision issued by the stewards regarding Racing Point’s brake ducts.
Stewards determined that Racing Point had breached Formula 1’s Sporting Regulations in the design process of the brake ducts from its RP20.
Racing Point was docked 15 points, issued a fine, and reprimanded three times – having used the brake ducts in grands prix after the initial protest was lodged by Renault in Styria.
Four teams – Renault, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams – notified their intention to appeal, within the 24-hour timeframe, and had until this morning (Wednesday) to determine whether to formally appeal.
Ferrari confirmed on Tuesday that it was pressing ahead with its appeal and shortly afterwards Renault also pushed ahead with plans to lodge an appeal.
But Williams has now backed out of its appeal having been encouraged by the FIA’s intentions to amend the 2021 regulations in order to prevent a repeat situation.
“After careful consideration, Williams have elected not to proceed with the formal appeal,” confirmed a team statement.
“We believe the FIA’s decision to seek the prohibition of extensive car copying for 2021 onwards addresses our most fundamental concern and reasserts the role and responsibility of a constructor within the sport, which is fundamental to Formula 1’s DNA and Williams core beliefs and principles.”
It is also understood that McLaren has opted out of the appeal process.
Racing Point is yet to publicly comment on its decision but owner Lawrence Stroll stressed at Silverstone that he would clear the team of any wrongdoing.