Marko warns of protests, more copycat cars

Michelle Foster
Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri

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Helmut Marko has warned that if the Racing Point RP20 is declared legal, Red Bull “will do the same with AlphaTauri”.

Racing Point debuted a pink Mercedes in pre-season testing, the car drawing heavily from last year’s Mercedes W10.

Racing Point has insisted, some times more than once a day, that the car is legal, it is their own intellectual property and they designed the car based on photographs of the W10.

Renault disagree.

The Enstone team protested the RP20 at the Styrian Grand Prix, or at least a part of the car – the front and rear brake ducts.

Renault believe Racing Point “received” drawings from Mercedes regarding the ducts and that is it not their own IP but rather Mercedes’.

The matter is now in the hands of the FIA, who are investigating and could hold the hearing as early as the week before the British Grand Prix.

However, in the meantime the FIA is expecting more protests.

“They [Renault] have the right to protest other grands prix until this matter’s adjudicated, and Racing Point have the right to run with these components or other components,” Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater technical matters, told

“Depending on whether they feel confident about winning the case or not, and if ultimately, Renault decides to protest every single race, they have the right to do that. And Racing Point would have that risk to take.

“I think it is likely that we will see, therefore, for formality reasons, protests potentially.”

Red Bull advisor Marko says he has heard more protests will follow this weekend’s Hungarian GP, a race in which Racing Point locked out the front row of the grid.

“According to our information several teams will again protest against Racing Point today,” he told

“We hope that then there will finally be clarity.

“And if Racing Point is legal, we will do the same with AlphaTauri.”

Asked what exactly that meant, he replied: “Photograph the car from every angle and have it reproduced.”

That’s how Racing Point claim it designed the RP20.

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