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F1 team Racing Point press on with appeal

(Reuters) - Formula One team Racing Point plan to press on with their appeal against a stewards’ decision against them in a row over copied parts, team principal Otmar Szafnauer said.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - August 1, 2020 Racing Point's Lance Stroll in action during qualifying Will Oliver/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

“We are definitely continuing,” the American said at the Belgian Grand Prix.

“As you know, Formula One is all about exploiting the rules to the edge. That’s what we did. We believe we were within the rules.”

Racing Point were fined 400,000 euros and docked 15 championship points after rivals Renault protested about the brake ducts on the team’s car, a visual copy of the 2019 championship-winning machine fielded by Mercedes who provide the team with their engine and gearbox.

They were allowed to continue racing with them, however, triggering appeals from rival teams Renault, Williams, McLaren and Ferrari.

Racing Point appealed against the decision, with owner Lawrence Stroll issuing a strongly worded statement in his team’s defence.

Renault withdrew their appeal this week, joining McLaren and Williams who had already done the same earlier this month.

Ferrari have not taken back their appeal and the matter is set to go before the FIA’s International Court of Appeal.

“I think Renault have said all along what they really wanted was clarity on the rules going forward,” said Szafnauer, whose team are third in the overall standings behind leaders Mercedes and Red Bull.

“It’s good that they did exactly what they said they were going to do.

“They said they just really wanted clarity and nothing else and now that they have it, they dropped their appeal.”

Reporting by Abhishek Takle; editing by Clare Fallon

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