Renault F1 Team’s hopes for challenging McLaren F1 for 4th in the Constructors Championship have been dealt with a a hefty blow as the French team has had both it’s cars disqualified from the Japanese GP following a protest from Racing Point.
Following a protest after the Japanese GP from Racing Point, the FIA, the governing body of Formula One, have decided to disqualify both Renault drivers of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg from the result.
The team have been found guilty of using an illegal driver aid in it’s cars which refers to the brake balance. This is not illegal but has breached current technical regulations.
After a poor qualifying result which left both drivers starting way down the field, Hulkenberg in 15th and Ricciardo in 16th, the pair, especially Ricciardo, drove well to finish in 6th and 10th.
Combined, these nine points were crucial as rivals McLaren, picked-up 10 points with Carlos Sainz Jr finishing the race a season-equalling 5th.
This disqualification now means that Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat have been promoted into the point-paying positions in 9th and 10th. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc now claims 6th while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly moves into 7th and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez goes up a place to 8th.
Renault will now “consider its next course of action” after being cut from the result.