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Racing Point to use Mercedes' wind tunnel to develop 2020 car

  • Published on 08 Apr 2019 15:58
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Racing Point will use Mercedes' wind tunnel to develop its 2020 car, and is set to start working in it later this year.

Mercedes, who supplies engines to Racing Point, is based closer to Racing Point's headquarters in Silverstone who has, since 2015, used Toyota Motorsport wind tunnel in Cologne.

According to RaceFans.net, it is not yet known if Racing Point will use the Mercedes’ current 60% scale tunnel or its older 50% model. 

However, as Racing Point is used to working to 60%, it is likely to use that configuration, which is the largest permitted by the regulations.

A spokesperson confirmed to RaceFans.net that the "attraction of using the Mercedes wind tunnel include its proximity to their Silverstone base as well as potential gains in efficiency and cost savings."

The decision may spring up rumours that Racing Point could potentially become a Mercedes B team, or go down the path that Haas has done with Ferrari.

Haas acquire as much parts as possible that are allowed by the regulations from the Italian marque, which has helped it fight at the front of the midfield. 

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  • f1dave

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    B team for sure.

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    • Apr 8 2019 - 16:24
  • Of course, Haas' model is genius. It makes sense for any midfield team who doesn't have title aspirations of their own, and decent budget. Sauber should follow the suit if not doing it already. Toro Rosso is doing it anyways.

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    • Apr 8 2019 - 17:12
  • Could become one? My dear friends, they more or less already are. The moment they allowed Wolff to order their drivers around, they were confirmed as such. All that's left is the formalities, really.

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    • Apr 9 2019 - 06:21
  • Manto02

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    They were crying about Toro Rosso and Haas a couple days ago and next year they will become the same for Mercedes. Geniuses

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    • Apr 9 2019 - 17:24
  • Wake up call for Williams. More than anybody, Williams should be learning from HAAS and Racing Point.

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    • Apr 10 2019 - 19:52

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