Stewards in Austria Deem Renault Protest against Racing Point as 'Admissible'

Credit BWT Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point has slated as "misconceived and poorly informed" the protest lodged by Renault that has led to an FIA investigation and drawn Mercedes into the argument.

Racing Point's 2020 auto has been dubbed the "pink Mercedes" due to its physical similarities with the world champions' 2019 vehicle, leading to allegations that its bodywork may not be Racing Point's own design. "I mean, Perez was quicker than the Mercedes at that point in the race".

Speaking during preseason testing, when Racing Point's rivals first voiced their concerns, team principal Otmar Szafnauer defended the team's design direction this year.

The listed parts effectively amount to the car's aerodynamic surfaces and its monocoque or survival cell.

Under F1 regulations, teams must use parts that they have designed and they are barred from out-sourcing design to a competitor.

Renault launched its protest soon after the Styrian Grand Prix, citing a breach of the listed parts regulations, one which the FIA has declared as admissible.

Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll finished sixth and seventh respectively in Sunday's race, although the latter was challenging for fourth into the closing stages before breaking the RP20's front wing in a clash with Alex Albon.


Racing Point have made a big step forward in performance this year and have openly admitted that the design of their RP20 auto has been based on last year's title-winning Mercedes.

"With regards to front and rear brake ducts used on cars 11 and 18, the Stewards summoned and heard from the team representatives of both teams and a representative of the FIA Technical Department", read the FIA statement.

"The representative is authorized in the name of the stewards to call upon such outside technical assistance, including representatives of the following teams - Renault DP World F1 Team - BWT Racing Point F1 Team - Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team in the conduct of their assessment".

"We have no further comment on this matter until the stewards have arrived at a decision".

Racing Point had successfully protested against the brake bias system used by Renault.

"Although everyone says we copied a Mercedes, it is our own [design]", he said.

"It's no different than what we did with [copying] the Red Bull when we ran a high-rake concept. But also if you look at Alex's pace on that tyre versus Bottas, again there was encouragement that we can take from that in a vehicle that wasn't carrying any damage", says Horner.

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