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Title: Renault backing away from RP appeal
Post by: monty on August 26, 2020, 08:46:38 AM
https://www.planetf1.com/news/renault-request-withdrawal-rp20-protest/
Title: Re: Renault backing away from RP appeal
Post by: John S on August 28, 2020, 12:57:19 PM
I wonder if this is anything to do with their Lawyers realising it's a hopeless case and Renault may get stuck with extra costs by way of penalties for challenging Stewards decision.

I seem to recall there was some peculiar rules in place to stop frivolous challenges over FIA or Stewards decisions, not sure what they are/were for so maybe doesn't apply in this case.

Still think Lawyers think their case is hopeless.
Title: Re: Renault backing away from RP appeal
Post by: Alianora La Canta on September 01, 2020, 01:14:20 PM
Those rules remain on the books, though there's more reluctance to actually impose them these days because of the inherent difficulties proving frivolity has in a court of law (that is not the FIA one). Unless you behave like Eddie Irvine did in his appeal case of Brazil 1994, you won't get the penalty increase.

However, it does cost 15000 to go to appeal, so if you aren't going to win the case, there's not much point paying. Especially if you know an appellant is going to pay that 15000 for you, and that Racing Point is doing so (albeit for the opposite reason). Since, unlike a court of law, the FIA courts allow penalties to be increased as well as decreased, and it is possible to submit evidence without being an appellant, Renault may have decided it's simply cheaper to participate as an observer.
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