McLaren has ‘no basis’ to protest pink Mercedes

Date published: May 5 2020 - Michelle Foster

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Racing Point need not worry about a mass protest when F1 goes racing with Andreas Seidl saying McLaren won’t join Renault.

Racing Point unveiled its RP20 in February, taking the covers off what has been dubbed the ‘pink Mercedes’.

While in previous years Racing Point has run the Mercedes engine and gearbox, this year the midfield team’s car bears a striking resemblance to last year’s W10.

Racing Point admits that’s because it put “egos aside” and drew inspiration of the championship-winning Mercedes.

Renault has called the car a forgery and threatened to protest when F1 finally gets racing later this year.

The Enstone team, though, could be wasting its time after the FIA gave the car the all-clear, at least according to Racing Point’s technical director Andrew Green.

It remains to be seen if other teams join Renault’s protest with McLaren already saying it is not interested.

“McLaren is an independent racing car manufacturer, and we want to stay that way,” McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl told F1i.com.

“We pursue ambitious goals and we want to achieve them with hard work. I am sure that everything about this car is legal.

“I see no basis for a protest. And besides, I don’t have time to waste my energy on it.

“For me, other issues are more important – like the upcoming budget limit.”

Last year, Racing Point’s first full season under Lawrence Stroll’s ownership, the team finished seventh in the championship while McLaren was P4.

This year many have predicted that Racing Point could once again challenge the Woking team and Renault for ‘best of the rest’ in the championship.

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