Racing Point wary of ‘draconian’ penalties

Michelle Foster

Racing Point technical director Andrew Green is wary of breaking Formula 1’s new homologated components system and incurring “draconian” penalties.

With the 2020 season yet to get underway and teams bleeding money, Formula 1 has taken several steps to negate some of the damage.

One of those decision was to run this year’s chassis in next year’s championship while also freezing other parts of the cars.

The new homologated components system means teams will be handed tokens to develop their cars over the two seasons.

Should any upgrade fail to deliver performance, the teams may revert to the previous design but have to do so within five races of introducing the updates.

Racing Point is wary of falling foul of the new rules.

“It is quite complicated for sure,” Green told Autosport.

“And for us as far as managing it and the FIA managing it is incredibly complex, and it does take a significant amount of resource to do it.

“We understand the reasons why, and it has to be done.

“So from our perspective we need to understand what we need resources wise to manage it.

“It’s a technical regulation, not a sporting regulation, so if we are found in breach of the homologated parts rule it’s effectively exclusion from the event, so it’s a really serious offence.

“With that in mind we’ve got a dedicated team working on the management of homologated parts from the first race of this season right the way through to the end of 2021.

“It does require a lot of management, it’s a brand new topic for everybody, we’ve never done it before, and we have to implement it really rather quickly.

“It’s a challenge, but it’s the same for everybody, and we’re happy to do it.”

Green says even the slightest change to a homologated part could prove dire.

“We’re really conscious that because it’s new, it could be very easy to fall foul of it inadvertently,” he added.

“We’re trying to make sure that all the protocols are in place so we don’t fall foul of it – inadvertently meaning that someone doesn’t pick up a homologated part, rubs it with a file and changes it, puts it back on the car, and then you’ve breached your homologated component rule.

“It can be as draconian as that.”

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