On the eve of F1’s 70th anniversary week, Renault protests were being upheld against the brake ducts that were being used on RP20. Serious accusations were made against Racing Point. They were accused that their car, which was unveiled looked similar to the Mercedes that won the last year’s Championship. Renault claimed that although their model took its inspiration from the car, no rules were broken regarding its production. Renault lodged a protest against Racing Point stating that their brake ducts were a copy of Mercedes 2019. Racing Point insisted that the parts were legal and were confident about it.
On Friday, the verdict was delivered in the favour of Renault causing Racing Point to lose 15 points from the world championship. They were also fined for 400 thousand euros. The verdict stated that RP20 features were not run on RP19 and the ducts were originally designed by Mercedes concluding that Mercedes is the principal designer and not Racing Point. Racing Point’s behavior was a breach of the design rules of F1. Using Mercedes RBD, gave them a competitive advantage of not worrying about that part but focusing on the other aspects of the car.
After the deduction of points is considered to be a punishment, asking Racing Point to replace the brake ducts and design their own would be an unrealistic expectation. They cannot unlearn something they already know. There was only a design breach that only broke Sporting regulations and no technical rules were broken. As a result, their disqualification was ruled out as a punishment. Racing point stated that they did not deliberately breach any kind of rules and regulations. They have always been transparent and open about their actions.
When did Racing Point join F1?
Racing Point F1 is a British racing team based in Silverstone, United Kingdom that has entered Formula One World Championships. They made their debut in 2019 at the Australian Grand Prix. Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll are their team drivers for the year 2020. In 2021 Formula One season, the team has planned to be rebranded to Aston Martin. For more such updates, stay tuned.