Racing Point says Renault’s protest against their cars after the Styrian Grand Prix is ”misunderstood and ill-informed” – and the team insists they are confident it will be dismissed.
It was dramatically late on Sunday in Austria, when Renault began a formal protest with the Turkish race officials regarding the legality of Racing Point’s RP20, which during the test was called “the pink Mercedes”, similar to the one with last year’s all-conquering Silver Pilar car.
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Their protest, filed after Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll finished sixth and seventh in the race before Daniel Ricciardo at eighth, concerned four articles in the Sports Regulation, most critically Appendix 6, which applies to listed parts.
This means that Renault is suggesting that Racing Point uses a design that contains elements that have not been designed themselves, according to the regulations.
A decision by the administrators on Sunday evening considered Renault’s protest admissible, with an analysis of the Racing Point car’s legality seemed to focus on the RP20’s front and rear brake channels. The trustees purchased these parts from Stroll and Perez’s cars in preparation for analysis, with Mercedes ordered to provide the same parts from W10 2019 for comparison.
But on Monday morning, Racing Point insisted that nothing had happened and that they had not violated the rules in any way.
A statement from the team said: “The BWT Racing Point F1 Team is extremely disappointed to see their results in the Styrian Grand Prix questioned by what it considers to be a misunderstood and poorly informed protest.
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“All suggestions of errors are firmly rejected and the team will take all necessary steps to ensure the correct application of the regulations to the facts.
“Prior to the start of the season, the team fully cooperated with the FIA and satisfactorily addressed all questions regarding the origin of the design of the RP20.
“The team is confident that the protest will be dismissed once it has submitted its response.”
The matter will be decided when the FIA’s technical department has conducted its investigation into the protest.