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Renault Disqualified from Japanese Grand Prix Over Brake Assist

After a conference of FIA stewards, Renault has been disqualified from the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, Motorsport reports.

Both cars were accused of using an illegal braking adjustment system on a day when they each scored in the points.

This affects Daniel Ricciardo, stripping him of his sixth-place finish, and Nico Hulkenberg, who crossed the line in 10th. The race was held on Oct. 13.

Motorsport says the stewards ruled that while the system itself was within the Formula 1 rulebook, it was enough of a driver aid to be outside the rules.

The complaint was filed by Racing Point.

Renault’s best race of the year came in the Heineken Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, where Ricciardo was fourth and Hulkenberg was fifth.

This should drop Renault in the constructor standings, and allow Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen to leapfrog both Ricciardo and Hulkenberg in the driver’s standings.

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Tom B

Reminds me of my traffic violation in a small village. The constable/judge read the report and said I did stop at the sign but he still had to find me guilty. $15 fine, but it cost me an extra $3k in car insurance premiums the next 3 years because of that violation being on my record.
A stroke of somebody’s pen can make a huge monetary difference in life.

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