He intervenes in the midst of Renault’s concerns about a possible violation by Racing Point of the ban on F1 on customers’ cars and shared parts concerning the similarities between the Racing Point RP20 and the W10 of Mercedes winner in 2019.
Renault is known to have been considering a protest against Racing Point for some time, but chose not to do so in the first race of the Red Bull Ring last weekend.
Racing Point demonstrated impressively at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday as Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll finished sixth and seventh respectively, beating Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in eighth place.
But Renault has just launched an official protest against the two Racing Point cars, confirmed by the stewards in a bulletin Sunday evening.
The stewards’ report confirmed that there was “a protest filed by Renault DP World F1 Team, alleged violation of article 2.1, 3.2, annex 6, paragraph 1, 2 (a) and 2 (c) of the Regulations 2020 FIA Formula 1 sportsman during the race. ”
The first articles emphasize that all competitors must ensure that their cars are fully eligible to enter the championship, which Renault protests against Racing Point.
The articles cited in Annex 6 to the sporting regulations read as follows: “A competitor must, with regard to the parts listed for use in his cars in Formula 1, use only parts listed which are designed by him. ”
“The obligation to design and use listed parts does not prevent a competitor from outsourcing the design and / or manufacture of listed parts to a third party (including an associate of this competitor) provided that:
“He retains the exclusive right to use the parts listed in Formula One as long as he is competing in Formula One.
“In the case of outsourcing the design, this third party must not be a competitor or a party who designs directly or indirectly parts listed for a competitor. ”
Racing Point was opened in its plan to base the design of the RP20 car on the Mercedes from last year, and took a number of listed parts from Mercedes as part of their technical collaboration.
McLaren team manager Andreas Seidl regularly called Racing Point’s car “last year’s Mercedes”, but said in Austria last week that there was “no reason” to submit. a protest.
A short statement from Renault reads as follows: “We confirm that Renault DP World F1 Team has submitted a request to the Stewards for clarification of the legality of Racing Point RP20.
“We have no further comments to make on this subject until the Stewards have made a decision. ”