Ferrari and McLaren are the first Formula 1 teams to have announced an intention to appeal the FIA’s ruling against Racing Point over its brake ducts design.

In a lengthy verdict issued on Friday morning, the FIA stewards declared Racing Points brake ducts had not been designed themselves, deducting the Silverstone-based outfit 15 constructors’ championship points and handing the team a €400,000 fine.

But the FIA’s decision to allow Racing Point to continue to use the brake ducts in question for the remainder of the season has triggered an angry response from rival teams, who believe a bigger penalty should have been handed out for breaching the sporting regulations.

Following Friday practice for F1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, Ferrari became the first team to note its intention to appeal.

“We can confirm that we have just stated our intention to appeal against this morning's FIA Stewards' decision regarding Racing Point,” a Ferrari spokesperson confirmed on Friday evening.

The Scuderia now has 96 hours in which to formalise its appeal and gather relevant evidence before taking the case to the FIA’s International Court of Appeal.

McLaren has since joined Ferrari in notifying the FIA of its intention to appeal the Racing Point verdict.

More teams could follow, with Renault understood to be considering an appeal after they lodged the initial three protests against Racing Point’s RP20 at the Styrian, Hungarian and British Grands Prix.

Racing Point may also choose to appeal the FIA’s initial decision to punish them. Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said on Friday his outfit had been left "bewildered" by the outcome. 

 

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