Sergio Perez will return for Racing Point at the Spanish Grand Prix after testing negative for COVID-19.

Mexican driver Perez was unable to take part in the British Grand Prix or 70th Anniversary Grand Prix over the past two weekends due to positive coronavirus tests.

Nico Hulkenberg filled in at Silverstone, but it was confirmed on Thursday that Perez will be back in his seat in Barcelona.

"We're pleased to share the news that Perez has tested negative for COVID-19," Racing Point said in a statement.

"The FIA have confirmed that 'Checo' [Perez] can return to the F1 paddock and he will compete for the team in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix."

Speaking prior to the announcement, Perez said: "I've definitely missed racing and it was hard to watch from the outside. I can't wait to get on track, hopefully this weekend.

"I'm very lucky that I've only had mild symptoms, so I've been able to keep training and make sure that I'm ready to jump back behind the wheel of the car. I'm very glad I had my tablet to keep me entertained too, though!"

Hulkenberg was unable to start the British Grand Prix after Racing Point failed to get his car firing prior to the formation lap.

He qualified third for the second race at Silverstone and finished seventh, and now hopes to regain a place on the grid for 2021 following talks with Alfa Romeo.

Nico Hulkenberg is interested in a full-time return to Formula One and has been speaking extensively with Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur in recent weeks.

After eight months out, the German returned with Racing Point at the British Grand Prix after Sergio Perez had been forced to quarantine after returning a positive COVID-19 test.

A clutch bolt problem prevented him from lining up for his first race back, but he again deputised for Perez at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, claiming third place on the grid in qualifying before finishing seventh.

The 32-year-old has developed a hunger to get back into F1 and could consider joining Alfa Romeo.

When asked if he would be tempted to join the team, he told the F1 Nation podcast: "Yes, yes is the short answer.

"I mean, doing a deal, there's several terms that play into it – it's the whole package, I guess.

"I'm very keen to go racing again in Formula 1. I still love it here, it's my passion. I'm not desperate but I'd certainly love to come back and be racing again.

"I've been talking to Fred quite frequently in the last few months…"

The 2020 season continues this weekend with the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

Ross Brawn hailed Nico Hulkenberg after a seventh-place finish on his return to Formula One and revealed Mercedes almost signed the German in 2012.

Hulkenberg was unable to secure a drive for 2020 after a disappointing season at Renault last time out.

But the 32-year-old has been thrust back into the thick of the action due to Racing Point driver Sergio Perez contracting coronavirus.

Perez missed the Silverstone double-header, although car issues prevented Hulkenberg from starting the British Grand Prix.

He was back involved for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, however, and came seventh after a very impressive qualifying performance saw him third on the grid.

Formula One managing director Brawn was certainly impressed, but he admitted to long being a Hulkenberg fan, having considered the then Force India man when he brought Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes.

And Brawn believes Hulkenberg is deserving of another opportunity in the sport.

"It was going to be an incredible physical challenge for Nico Hulkenberg," he wrote in his column for F1's official website.

"I don't know how much he hurt at the end of the race, but it was great performance all weekend by someone who had just been dropped in the deep end.

"I almost signed him years ago, when I was in charge at Mercedes. If Lewis hadn't joined Mercedes when he did, Nico was our next choice.

"I've always respected Nico enormously as a driver. He's a very strong driver who should be in Formula One."

Valtteri Bottas expressed his pride in driving for Mercedes after following up signing a new contract with the team by qualifying on pole position for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

With Sebastian Vettel unsigned for 2021 there had been speculation Bottas could find himself replaced at Mercedes, but he signed a one-year extension with the team on Thursday.

The Finn produced an excellent final lap in Q3 at Silverstone on Saturday, going 0.063 seconds faster than team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

"It feels good. I just love qualifying and especially when it goes well it's a good feeling," said Bottas, who dropped from second to 11th following a late puncture in last weekend's British Grand Prix and fell 30 points behind Hamilton in the standings.

"It's really nice to get everything out of myself and out of the car. Set-up wise we made good steps from last weekend - that's why I think the qualifying performance was better than last weekend - so really pleased with that. I'm proud to drive this amazing car - it's so quick.

"Of course, mentally when you're starting from pole you can only aim to win the race. Obviously, the starting point for it is good.

"I think the race pace is there, so the first job is to get a good start off the line as I had last weekend and go from there. But the mentality is try to win it, that's all."

Hamilton had been on provisional pole and improved his time with his final lap, but it was not quick enough to deny Bottas.

"I wasn't that great! But Valtteri did a good job and deserved the pole, I guess. For me, it wasn't a perfect last lap," said the six-time champion.

Nico Hulkenberg – standing in for Sergio Perez after the Mexican tested positive for coronavirus – will start the race from third following an impressive display for Racing Point.

The German was unable to start last weekend's British Grand Prix after the team failed to get his power unit firing ahead of the formation lap and he reflected on a rollercoaster return to Formula One.

"A crazy seven or eight days," he said. "Obviously last week, with the big high to come back and the low on Sunday [not starting the race], it was very extreme. This weekend I felt much better in the car, much more prepared. Quali was still tricky and in Q2 I made life hard for myself a bit and I was scared I'd damaged the car.

"Q3 was just head down, full beans, whatever I had - and a bit surprised to be honest to stand here. But obviously a big smile on my face and a lot of respect for the race tomorrow.

"It's definitely going to hurt tomorrow not having last week's experience and not having gone through the motions there with the start and everything because it's still new with this car. But we'll do what we can, I'll try to learn fast, and keep the car where it deserves to be."

On whether his performance had put himself in the shop window for 2021, Hulkenberg said: "Well, it's only Saturday, it's always Sunday that matters most.

"It's definitely a nice little highlight but it's not time to cheer yet because tomorrow is a big day."

Nico Hulkenberg will get another Formula One chance at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after Sergio Perez again tested positive for coronavirus.

Racing Point called on Hulkenberg as a late replacement last week after Perez contracted COVID-19.

Perez completed a week of quarantine and may have got back behind the wheel at Silverstone this weekend if he returned a negative test.

The Mexican's test came back positive, though, so Hulkenberg will be given another chance, having been unable to make the grid last Sunday due to a clutch bolt issue with his car.

Racing Point on Friday revealed Perez is "physically well and recovering" and will continue to follow Public Health England guidance.

Hulkenberg said: "I'm excited to get going again with the team at Silverstone.

"Last weekend, it was a real step into the unknown having been away from the team for a few years – and driving a car I'd never driven before.

"I've learned a lot in the last week about the RP20, and I am ready to apply my experiences to this weekend. Racing at the same track again makes things a bit easier and the team has done a great job in helping me get up to speed.

"I think we can fight for points this weekend, which is definitely my goal. I also want to wish Checo [Perez] all the best in his recovery."

Hulkenberg missed out on an F1 seat for 2020 after he was replaced by Esteban Ocon at Renault.

Lewis Hamilton continued his dominance of the British Grand Prix despite suffering a last-lap puncture, though a blown tyre was costly for Valtteri Bottas in a dramatic finish. 

Hamilton dominated for the most part having started on pole position, winning the race for a sixth time in seven years to increase his record tally of victories at Silverstone. 

Yet he was in danger of missing out on a seventh victory of his career at the famous circuit when he suffered a puncture, just as he looked to be cruising to a third successive race triumph in the 2020 season. 

The Brit was forced to limp home on three tyres, with Max Verstappen second after pitting following Bottas' mishap with two laps to go. 

Verstappen may well have claimed victory had he not been called in, with Red Bull looking to clock the fastest lap, but had to settle for second, while Bottas ended up back in 11th place.

Nico Hulkenberg was unable to start the British Grand Prix on Sunday just two days after being drafted in as an emergency replacement by Racing Point.

Hulkenberg was hurriedly secured to take Sergio Perez's place at Silverstone after the Mexican driver tested positive for coronavirus.

The 32-year-old was set to start in 13th but was not on the grid for lights out due to an issue with his car.

Mechanics worked frantically to try and ensure Hulkenberg could make his comeback, but a whirlwind few days ended in disappointment.

Following his late call-up on Friday, Hulkenberg said: "The last 24 hours have been a bit special, crazy and wild.

"[At] 4:30pm yesterday afternoon I got the call, took the plane here, seat fitted until 2:00am, 8:00am this morning into the simulator for an hour, bit of prep work – so it was a short night, but all worthwhile."

Lewis Hamilton will once again start from the front of the grid as he goes in search of a third straight win in 2020 at the British Grand Prix.

The six-time world champion posted a new lap record at Silverstone to finish Q3 in front of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who is the only other driver to record a victory so far this year.

It will be the 71st edition of the famous race - seeing it move out of a tie with the Italian Grand Prix for most appearances on the Formula One calendar - and Mercedes are chasing a seventh win since 2013 at the track.

No driver has done so more often at the venue than Hamilton, with six to his name. He will be a red-hot favourite to add to that tally on Sunday and, in the process, extend his advantage in the drivers' standings.

Can anyone not named Bottas possibly deny the Briton yet another home triumph?


WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING

There were two battles going on during qualifying. While the Mercedes duo contested pole, the rest battled it out to decide the order behind the obvious front row.

Hamilton did have cause for concern when he spun in Q2, yet recovered impressively to set a new lap record in the next session - a time he then bettered on his final attempt as he finished 0.313 seconds clear of Bottas.

Worryingly for those hoping to see another team mount a challenge, Max Verstappen was over a second adrift in third place in his Red Bull, with team-mate Alex Albon struggling to 12th.

Ferrari received a much-needed boost as Charles Leclerc claimed fourth place, though Sebastian Vettel's struggles continued. The German was slowest of the group involved in Q3 after having his fastest time deleted and will start the race on the softer tyres compared to his team-mate, too.

Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz were fifth and seventh respectively for McLaren, Racing Point's Lance Stroll splitting the pair. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg - summoned to make a comeback at short notice to stand in for Sergio Perez, who tested positive for COVID-19 - will start from 13th position.


THE STARTING GRID 

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
5. Lando Norris (McLaren) 6. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
7. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) 8. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
9. Esteban Ocon (Renault) 10. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 
11. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 12. Alex Albon (Red Bull)
13. Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point) 14. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
15. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 16.  Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
17. Romain Grosjean (Haas) 18. Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri)
19. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)  20. George Russell (Williams)

BRITISH GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS

Hamilton clearly relishes the chance to drive in his own back yard. While there will be no crowd to cheer him on due to these unprecedented times, he is racing for the chance of yet more history.

A 91st career pole has him primed to break clear of a tie with Alain Prost for the most victories by a driver at a home race. In terms of the season as a whole, Mercedes are turning the constructors' title into a procession, such is their complete dominance.

"I guess we're not making many new friends," team principal Toto Wolff said afterwards. Of course, it is all about gathering points to win the prizes, rather than a popularity contest, but the rest of the paddock should be seriously concerned by what they have seen from the Silver Arrows so far.

Still, the most successful team historically at Silverstone has been Ferrari, albeit they seem a way off competing this time. The Scuderia have recorded just one podium finish in the opening three races, their worst start to a campaign since 2014.


WHAT THE DRIVERS SAID

Lewis Hamilton (pole): "Valtteri was pushing me right to the end. It was a real struggle out there. We had that spin, I was struggling through the first section. I managed to compose myself. The first Q3 lap was clean and the second was even better. We're still powering ahead, we're not resting on the performance that we have, we're trying to push the boundaries and the limits and that's the most impressive thing about this team."

Valtteri Bottas (2nd): "For me, the balance was shifting more and more towards oversteer as the session went on. Maybe the track temperature was getting high, I don't know. He [Hamilton] had a great lap in the end, a better lap than mine. It's still very close between us in the championship points, so of course I'm going to do everything I can and of course will look overnight with the engineers what we can do and if there’s anything different I can do. Last year [Hamilton won from second] with a pretty different strategy to mine [from pole]."

Max Verstappen (3rd): "I had a pretty good qualifying lap and starting third gives us the chance to fight for a good race result. We just hope to have a clean start and from there onwards I just try to do the best I can in the car and if that is just try to follow them a bit, we can be happy with that and score some points."

 

Lando Norris (5th): "It was very difficult with the wind – the cars are so sensitive. I'm very happy – it was better than I thought I could do. I think we out-qualified a few cars that are quicker than us, but that is only going to make Sunday's race more difficult. We have to convert it into a good result at my home race."

Sebastian Vettel (10th): "I struggled to find the rhythm. The car was not too bad, but it didn’t fit me. We made it to Q3, but with the wrong tyre, and then we didn’t make enough progress in Q3, so not a good day. We have to start with the soft tyre, which is probably not good news. Nevertheless, I’ll try everything I can, we’ll see what we could get."

Nico Hulkenberg (13th): "I feel there was more potential and I didn't get everything, but given the circumstances it is also very hard. I don't know if you can expect to get 100 per cent from the car. We were so close to making it to Q3, and I'm happy with that considering I've come in from the cold this weekend! It's a big ask after eight months away to come back and jump into a completely different environment – and into a Formula One car I've never driven before and immediately perform with a challenging circuit and conditions."


CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 63
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 58
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 33
4. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 26
5= Alex Albon (Red Bull) - 22
5= Sergio Perez (Racing Point) - 22

Constructors 

1. Mercedes – 121
2. Red Bull – 55
3. McLaren - 41
4. Racing Point – 40
5. Ferrari – 27

Lewis Hamilton needed deep breaths and composure to recover from a dramatic qualifying spin and claim pole position for the British Grand Prix.

Six-time Formula One world champion and 2020 standings leader Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by a comfortable margin of 0.313 seconds on Saturday.

But his two fine laps in Q3, including a track-record effort, came after he spun at Luffield in the second session, the debris caused by the incident bringing out the red flag at Silverstone.

That mishap, coupled with Bottas coming out on top in FP3, Q1 and Q2, meant Hamilton was up against it before taking a record seventh pole on home soil.

"Obviously there's a relatively big gap between us and third place, but it doesn't matter - Valtteri is pushing me right to the limit," Hamilton said after qualifying, with Mercedes' rivals over one second adrift.

"He's been doing such a fantastic job all weekend - I made some changes going into qualifying and it was worse, it was a real struggle out there. 

"This track is awesome because with a gust of wind, you have a tailwind and headwind and crosswind across the circuit so it's like juggling balls on a moving plate, at high speed!

"Obviously we had that spin. Qualifying is a lot about confidence building and man, I was already down and down in the first sector every lap. 

"I don't know how, but I took some deep breaths and managed to compose myself. Q3 still wasn't perfect but still a really clean lap, and the second one even better. It never gets old that's for sure."

Asked about the absence of his home supporters, Hamilton added: "You normally have sirens and flags and smoke and the atmosphere is buzzing. 

"We definitely miss the fans. Hopefully back home they enjoyed it."

Bottas was not giving up on his chances for the race as he hopes to reverse the result of last year when he claimed pole only to be beaten on the Sunday by Hamilton.

"It was a pretty good qualifying up until Q3," said the Finn. "I felt pretty good with the car but in Q3 I started to drift a bit more than I wanted with the rear end. We need to look into it.

"Lewis found a bit more than I did, but my performance has been pretty good this weekend.

"Lewis won it here last year from second place with a different strategy to me so hopefully I will get opportunities. Everything is still wide open for the race."

Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull and seemed resigned to battling to be the best of the rest unless the Mercedes cars run into unexpected issues.

"You could see early in qualifying Mercedes are way too fast, as they have been the last three races," said the Dutchman, who was 1.022s adrift of Hamilton. 

"You just have to expect that and do the best you can, and that's P3. I may not be able to fight them but we are little bit closer in the race and at least you have a fighting chance starting third.

"The newer cars are very sensitive to the wind, low speed corners and they become like a completely different car. But it was fun to drive."

Charles Leclerc was fourth for Ferrari, while Sebastian Vettel was a disappointing 10th and Verstappen's team-mate Alex Albon had to settle for 12th.

Lewis Hamilton continued his fine Formula One form by beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole position on home soil at the British Grand Prix.

Having overcome a spin in Q2, Hamilton produced two impressive laps in Q3 and a track-record time of 1:24.303 put him 0.313 seconds clear of Bottas at Silverstone.

The Finn had been fastest in FP3 and the first two sessions of qualifying but had no answer when it mattered.

Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull with Charles Leclerc taking fourth for Ferrari, with both those cars over a second behind Hamilton, who came into the event on the back of two straight wins.

Lando Norris caught the eye again to take fifth for McLaren, with Racing Point's Lance Stroll separating him from team-mate Carlos Sainz.

Renault duo Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon took eighth and ninth, the latter promoted above Sebastian Vettel, whose second lap time was deleted due to exceeding track limits.

As well as being a poor day for Vettel, there was more frustration for Alex Albon as he failed to reach the final shoot-out and finished 12th.

That was one place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, who is standing in for Sergio Perez at Racing Point after the Mexican's positive coronavirus test.

Along with Albon and Hulkenberg missing out, there was further drama in Q2 as Hamilton spun at Luffield, spraying gravel onto the track which led to a red flag.

Fortunately for the championship leader, he was able to continue with the damage to his car not significant.

He later looked relieved after taking what ultimately proved to be a comfortable seventh British Grand Prix pole, improving on a record he already holds.
 

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:24.303
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +0.313s
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +1.022s
4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +1.124s
5. Lando Norris (McLaren) +1.479s
6. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)  +1.536s
7. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) +1.662s
8. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +1.706s
9. Esteban Ocon (Renault) +1.906s
10. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +2.036s

Nico Hulkenberg will make his return to the Formula One grid with Racing Point this weekend as Sergio Perez's replacement for the British Grand Prix.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Perez would be unable to race at Silverstone having tested positive for coronavirus, meaning he would have to self-isolate along with some members of the Racing Point team.

Racing Point needed another driver to join Lance Stroll for the fourth round of the 2020 season and have called in Hulkenberg.

The 32-year-old, who has started 177 grands prix but never finished on the podium, had been without a seat after leaving Renault following the 2019 season.

Hulkenberg has familiarity with the team having raced for Racing Point's previous incarnation Force India in 2012 and between 2014 and 2016.

A statement from Racing Point read: "Nico's experience of racing in contemporary Formula One and his strong track record ensure he is the ideal driver to stand in for Sergio Perez this weekend.

"In a bid to minimise disruption and ensure the best possible chance of building upon the team's strong start to the 2020 campaign, Nico's familiarity with the team will prove invaluable."

Having seen Racing Point call in a veteran driver for the race, former F1 world champion Jenson Button - who has not raced in the sport since 2017 - jokingly tweeted: ".@RacingPointF1 Have you lost my number?"

Prior to the Hulkenberg announcement, Perez explained he had returned home to Mexico to see his mother after she was involved in an accident, and the 30-year-old was unsure how he had contracted COVID-19.

"I'm extremely sad, definitely one of the saddest days in my career," he said in a video posted on his Twitter account.

"The amount of preparation that we put into this weekend - to be 100 per cent ready for it - I know I had a great car, that the team had done a fantastic job, I'm really sad that this happened. But it does show how vulnerable we all are to this virus. 

"I followed all the instructions from the FIA, from my team. After Hungary we prepared a plane to go to Mexico to see my mum for two days because she had an accident.

"As soon as she left hospital I was able to see her. Then I came back to Europe the same way, with all the protocols in place, and I just got [coronavirus], I don't know from where. 

"I have no symptoms at all so it just shows how vulnerable we all are to this."

Nico Hulkenberg believes his Formula One career could have followed a different trajectory were it not for a crash involving Lewis Hamilton.

The 32-year-old German, who made his debut for Williams 10 years ago, boasts the unfortunate record of the highest number of races - 177 - without ever achieving a podium finish.

At Interlagos in 2012, Hulkenberg had qualified sixth and was vying for the lead at turn one on lap 54 when his Force India collided with Hamilton's McLaren.

The incident ended their chances of victory, with Jenson Button taking the chequered flag at the end of an eventful day in Brazil.

Looking back on the race, Hulkenberg, who had briefly held the lead before a spin, told CNN: "Obviously, it was looking very promising. With Lewis, I was kind of racing, I debate with myself, 'Was that a mistake or not?'.

"I was trying to get the lead back. It was a bit unfortunate, it was damp still on one side and we had this other lapped car in front, which didn't help as well.

"It was racing, but also a bit too rushed, [I was] not patient in the moment, that was maybe not the smartest thing. So, if I had maybe settled in that corner and waited for another opportunity it could've been a very different day.

"It was early in my career and that could have put my career in a different path, a different trajectory."

Hulkenberg was replaced at Renault by Esteban Ocon for 2020, but he is still hopeful of securing a seat when the sport resumes some form of normality after the coronavirus crisis.

"I'm very much up for it, that's still my goal, my aim, but at the moment it's tricky to say, a lot of factors in there – and now everything's upside down anyway," he said.

"I'm staying in contact with people anyway. It's early. If there's a chance, I'll grab it. If it's a good opportunity and something that really excites me and gets me going then definitely, I will push for that."

Nico Hulkenberg has ruled out retiring from Formula One but knows he will not be on the grid next season after being axed by Renault.

Esteban Ocon will take Hulkenberg's seat at the Enstone squad next year, partnering Daniel Ricciardo.

A move to Haas was mooted as a possible option for the German driver, but Romain Grosjean was retained along with Kevin Magnussen.

Williams are the only team not to have finalised their line-up for 2020, with Robert Kubica leaving after one year back in the sport as George Russell's team-mate.

Hulkenberg has accepted he is surplus to requirements, yet says he is not finished in the sport.

"It looks like, in all honesty, that there is no seat available now," he told Sky F1.

"I guess it [Williams] is not the right seat for me and the timing... I'm not the right person for them to be honest.

"I'm not retiring. I love Formula One, I love what we do here, I love the competition. I can live with it. I think 10 years is a long time and a fair share of Formula 1.

"But for sure I'm going to miss it next year when I have to watch the first race on TV."

Hulkenberg reiterated that reverting to being a reserve driver is not an option.

"To go and do that, when you're young and at the beginning, and I did that in 2011, I think that's the right and obvious thing to do," the 32-year-old said.

"To do that when more advanced in the career, it's kind of a hard one to take when you've raced so many years consecutively. That role, I'm not sure about."

Hulkenberg is 13th in the 2019 driver standings with 37 points ahead of the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi on December 1.

Renault's disqualification from the Japanese Grand Prix will not be overturned after the French team opted against launching an appeal.

Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were stripped of sixth and 10th place respectively in Suzuka after they were alleged to have used an illegal braking aid.

Racing Point lodged a protest over what was deemed to be a breach of the sporting and technical regulations in the FIA International Sporting Code.

FIA stewards came to the conclusion that Renault's brake bias system on the cars was not pre-set, but it did constitute a driver aid and sporting regulations were breached.

Renault do not agree with the verdict but will not take the matter any further, stating they did not wish to engage further in "sterile debate".

"We regret the stewards' decision and, in particular, the severity of the sanction applied. In our opinion, the penalty is not proportionate to any benefit the drivers derived, especially when used within the context of a system confirmed fully legal and innovative," a team statement said.

"It is also inconsistent with previous sanctions for similar breaches, as acknowledged by the stewards in their decision, but expressed without further argumentation.

“However, since we have no new evidence to bring other than that already produced to demonstrate the legality of our system, we do not wish to invest further time and effort in a sterile debate in front of the International Court of Appeal concerning the subjective appreciation, and therefore sanction, related to an aid that reduces the driver workload without enhancing the performance of the car.

"We have therefore decided not to appeal the stewards' decision.

"Formula One will always be an arena for the relentless search for the slightest possible opportunities for competitive advantage. It is what we have always done and will continue to do, albeit with stronger internal processes before innovative solutions are brought on track."

 

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