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Renault lodges second protest against Racing Point

  • Published on 19 Jul 2020 18:32
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Renault has officially lodged a second protest against Racing Point, as it continues to question the legality of the RP20 car.

Following last weekend's Styrian Grand Prix, Renault protested Racing Point's RP20, which has striking similarities to that of Mercedes' W10 car from 2019.

The stewards looked into the accusation and opted to seal and impound Racing Point's front and rear brake ducts, while also requesting the same parts from Mercedes.

Racing Point released a statement following the protest stating it was “misconceived and poorly informed”, expressing confidence that it would not be penalised

Renault verified in a brief statement on Sunday: “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. We have no further comment on this matter until the Stewards have arrived at a decision.”

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Sergio Perez asserted that the car does not breach any existing regulations.

“They [Racing Point] have done a tremendous job, building this car,” he said. “I think over the years, it has been a bit challenging for our team with all the difficulties we have had with the financial issues and so on.

"We always knew there was such potential in place but we were not able to use that so I want to give massive credit to all the factory and the people back home and to those trackside as well, they have done a tremendous job and I totally believe our car is one-hundred per cent legal.”

Racing Point secured its best result of the season on Sunday, with Lance Stroll crossing the line in fourth place after qualifying in third.

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  • Stop wasting everyone's time, and git gud.

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    • Jul 19 2020 - 22:22
  • This time, F1 management might be under a little pressure and might need to show some results. The issue would escalate out of hand if the likes of McLaren, Haas joins the protest, irrespective of whether the Force India took inspiration or information for the Mercedes.

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    • Jul 20 2020 - 01:46
    • it would, but that is just another reason for why it's getting silly: none of the other teams seem interested in joining Renault on this.

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      • Jul 20 2020 - 09:46
    • Snooky

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      Calle there’s many reasons for that though. McLaren aren’t going to want to ruin the future merc relationship with accusing them in part (Same for Williams). Redbull and Ferrari won’t want to draw too much attention to it all in case it draws eyes onto their relationships with alpha tauri and haas/alpha Romeo respectively. It’s a sensitive topic for a lot of teams.

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      • Jul 21 2020 - 22:53
    • A legit point, and it is also worth mentioning that it takes resources to investigate these things. But of all of the teams, Renault isn't in a place where they can afford wasting resources on investigations what'll lead nowhere.

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      • Jul 22 2020 - 10:49

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