Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says Mercedes have “no problem” with Racing Point copying them, but thinks that will change.
Racing Point’s RP20 generated plenty of attention during pre-season testing. Not only did it look like a pink version of the Mercedes W10, but it was also fast.
Renault were one of those most offended by this, and while Abiteboul says Mercedes have “no problem” making Racing Point faster now, he wonders if that will still be the case under the new rules from 2022.
From 2021 Renault will have no teams to supply with McLaren switching to Mercedes power, but Abiteboul expects the relationships between engine manufacturers and customer teams to end from 2022.
“It would have been a cause for concern if there had been no or too high a budget ceiling and current conditions would continue,” Abiteboul told Motorsport.com.
“But we now have a fairly low ceiling and that makes the field much more competitive. I am curious about what will happen to those collaborations.
“At the moment Mercedes is fine with Racing Point copying their car. Whether legal or not , that’s not the point. But they have no problem making the car [of Racing Point] competitive. I wonder if that will still be the case in 2022. ”
Abiteboul’s theory is that the big teams won’t want to collaborate with customer teams from 2022 since their budgets will become similar, and so such sharing of concepts could become very damaging.
“Of course. Everyone becomes a threat to everyone, that is the big difference,” he explained.
“Under the current construction with collaborating customers and manufacturers, the three large teams are protected and that will no longer be the case in the future.
“The fans will be the big winners.”
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