Ferrari will drop Racing Point appeal if FIA changes rules

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Ferrari will drop Racing Point appeal if FIA changes rules

Ferrari's Mattia Binotto says his team will withdraw its appeal in the case involving Racing Point's controversial brake ducts once the FIA puts forth its 2021 anti-copying regulations.

Racing Point was fined a hefty €400,000 and docked 15 championship points for using on its 2020 car a brake design copied from Mercedes' 2019 W11.

However, several teams - Ferrari, Renault, McLaren and Williams - appealed the verdict as they considered the punishment too lenient while Racing Point itself disputed the judgment.

But Renault, McLaren and Williams have since dropped their appeal, appeased by the FIA's decision to draft specific regulations for 2021 that would prevent a team from blatantly copying a rival design.

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Ferrari is also willing to withdraw from the appeal process once it sees the fine print of those rules.

"We have confirmed our protest so we have appealed the decision of the stewards of the past races," Binotto said at Monza on Friday.

“The reason is that we are fully convinced that what Racing Point did this season is not right. We believe that it is against the principle of our sport, and we believe that it cannot happen in the future.

"In that respect we are asking and seeking clarity from the FIA.

"If let me say regulations will be put in place, or a technical directive for the future in 2021 where we are pretty sure it will not be possible to copy, we are ready to withdraw our appeal."

Binotto made clear that copying a component or design based on photographic evidence is part of the sport. But replicating an entire design or exploiting a rival's intellectual property should not be permitted.

“Looking at competitors, trying to understand what they do, trying to study their car, has been part of F1 history. I do not see anything bad in that.

"I think to copy an entire design, that’s a different experience, because that’s IP. If I would have been Mercedes, I would have protested someone copying myself.

"So I think taking pictures has always been done, I do not see anything wrong in the fact itself."

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Haas seeking 2021-22 continuity for future driver line-up

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner is open to changing the US outfit's driver line-up for 2021 but says... The post Haas seeking 2021-22 continuity for future driver line-up appeared first on F1i.com.

Haas seeking 2021-22 continuity for future driver line-up

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner is open to changing the US outfit's driver line-up for 2021 but says any decision will be based on continuity for 2022.

The contracts of both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean expire at the end of this season which opens the door for an overhaul of Haas' line-up.

While all options are on the table, including the possibility of hiring a rookie for 2021, Steiner isn't in a hurry to nominate its future line-up.

"It’s been a strange year, let’s call it the COVID year, it’s changed everything, it’s changed all the timelines," Steiner said.

"We are not in a hurry. It’s better to think a little bit more and make the right decision, even if the perfect decision goes away.

"But we need to do it properly and see what we’re going to do. We’ve got two good drivers at the moment and we can always fall back on them, I guess. Everything is on the table for next year."

However, Steiner insists that whoever ends up racing for Haas in 2021 will preferably also be in the team for 2022 when F1 introduces its new regulations.

"The only thing that I would like and I will discuss it with Gene [Haas] in the next weeks and months how we do it best and see what fits for us,” Steiner said.

"But one thing, in my opinion we need to do, whoever is in the car in ’21 should be in the car for ’22.

"With the new car coming, if you know the driver at least you’ve sorted something out.

"Even if it’s the guys who are now in, if they stay, they should stay for at least the next two years. I’m against swapping for ’22 with the new car, new driver, that could be difficult."

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