UPDATE 1-Motor racing-Williams follow McLaren in dropping Racing Point appeal

12 Aug 2020 / 22:52 H.

    (Adds Racing Point also appealing)

    LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Former champions Williams joined McLaren on Wednesday in dropping plans to appeal a stewards decision against Formula One rivals Racing Point.

    The matter will still go to the governing FIA's International Court of Appeal after Ferrari and Renault confirmed their intention to take the matter forward.

    The FIA confirmed Racing Point, who argue they have done nothing wrong, were also appealing.

    "After careful consideration, Williams have elected not to proceed with the formal appeal," the Mercedes-powered team said in a 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."

    McLaren, who will switch from Renault to Mercedes engines next season, said on Tuesday they had dropped plans to appeal.

    Racing Point's car is a visual copy of last year's Mercedes, who provide their engines and gearbox, and the argument is about what it means to be a constructor and how much of the car has to be designed in-house.

    They were fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) and docked 15 constructors' championship points after Renault protested the brake ducts on the car. The team are allowed to continue racing with it, however.($1 = 0.8513 euros) (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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