Update II | Decision on Racing Point expected on Friday
By Tomas Mota 05 August 2020 | 15:59
After the Renault Formula 1 team, Scuderia Ferrari has now also protested the design of the 2020 Racing Point car. The RP20 shows too many similarities with the Mercedes W10 and both teams want to know more details about that. Ferrari and Renault therefore request clarifications from the FIA.
Ferrari has written to the FIA and Formula 1 chiefs to request clarifications on the design of the Racing Point RP20, The Race reports. In particular, the Italian racing team wants to know how it is possible that Racing Point has made its 2020 car look so much like the Mercedes of 2019. Ferrari refers to Appendix 6 of the Sporting Regulations, which states that teams may only use listed parts that they have designed themselves.
Ferrari's decision comes just in time, because later this week, on Wednesday, there will be a hearing regarding the brake ducts of the Racing Point car, following a protest from Renault. McLaren team boss Zak Brown also said earlier that he was not happy with the racing car of Racing Point and pointed it to be "outside the spirit of what F1 is".
Update 10.55u (05/08) | Stewards convene Mercedes, Racing Point and Renault
Delegates from Mercedes, Racing Point and Renault have to report to the stewards on Wednesday morning at 11.30 a.m. regarding the French team's protest against Racing Point. All parties are allowed to tell their story.
Renault protested against the RP20 of Racing Point at the end of the Grands Prix of Styria, Hungary and Great Britain. Some parts, including the brake ducts, were said to have been illegally copied from the 2019 Mercedes car. Wednesday the stewards will look into the matter and a decision is expected at that point. (Photo: Racing Point F1)
Update II 15.10h (05/08) | Decision on Racing Point expected on Friday
A decision on Renault's protest against the legitimacy of Racing Point's RP20 car is expected on Friday morning. This is reported by journalist Albert Fabrega, who is generally well-informed.
On Wednesday afternoon, representatives of Mercedes, Racing Point, and Renault reported to the stewards on duty to discuss the content of the protest. They left the meeting after about 2.5 hours and now leave it to the stewards to make a decision. This is expected on Friday morning, before the first free practice of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. (photo: Racing Point F1)
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