F1 Styrian GP: FIA to hear Renault protest over Racing Point cars

FIA to hear Renault protest over Racing Point cars

F1 Styrian GP: FIA to hear Renault protest over Racing Point cars

Motor racing's governing body, the FIA, has impounded the brake ducts from Racing Point's cars and ordered Mercedes to supply corresponding components from its 2019 auto after deeming a protest from rivals Renault admissible.

Racing Point are now fourth with 22 points while Renault are sixth on eight.

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.

The RP20 design, which took inspiration from Mercedes' 2019 title-winning auto, has stirred great debate within the paddock ever since it debuted during pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Racing Point has previously freely admitted the design of this year's auto was spawned from photographs of the W10, that earned itself the nickname "the pink Mercedes".

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Renault has lodged an official protest over the legality of rival Racing Point's two cars following the Styrian Grand Prix.

"It continues, "The obligation to design and use Listed Parts shall not prevent a competitor from outsourcing the design and/or manufacture of any Listed Parts to a third party (including an associate of such competitor)" as long as it fulfils specific requirements".

The FIA stated that: "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".

Racing Point uses Mercedes' engine, gearbox and outboard suspension components, which is in compliance with the purchasing of non-listed parts allowed under the regulations.

Article 2.1 says all F1 participants must comply with the International Sporting Code, the F1 technical regulations and the sporting regulations.

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The FIA Technical Department representative will now carry out a detailed assessment of the parts in question, and "is further directed to provide a detailed report to the stewards with the findings and to include an assessment that matches those findings against the alleged infringements outlined in the protest".

"We confirm that Renault DP World F1 Team has submitted a request to the Stewards of the Event for clarification on the legality of the Racing Point RP20", Renault said in a brief statement on social media ahead of the hearing.

The success of Racing Point's change in design philosophy was evident in Sunday's race, which saw Sergio Perez recover from 17th place on the grid to finish in sixth place.

Renault and Racing Point, formerly known as Force India, have clashed before over the regulations with the French team stripped of points from the Japanese Grand Prix after a protest by the Silverstone-based outfit.

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