Racing Point maintain: RP20 is completely legal

Date published: March 2 2020

Racing Point

Racing Point doesn’t see a point in rivals complaining about its pink Mercedes as Andy Green says it is “completely legal”.

Racing Point was the surprise of the 2020 pre-season, although as Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto put it, one shouldn’t be surprised given the “shape of the car”.

The team’s new RP20 is very much based on the look of the Mercedes F1 car, sporting the same sidepods, airbox, front wing and rear wing.

It has been dubbed the ‘pink Mercedes’.

But not everyone is happy with reports claiming Renault and maybe also McLaren could protest the copycat design come the season-opening Australian GP.

Green, Racing Point’s technical director, isn’t at all worried as he says the car is 100 percent legal.

“I don’t know what they’ve got to complain about,” he told Crash.net.

“What we’ve done is completely legal, what we’ve done is racing with the rules that are written. That’s the idea of the game, you are given a set of rules and you go as fast as you can.

“That’s what we’re doing. If other teams haven’t taken the route that we’ve taken for reasons unknown to us, then that’s their decision. They had the same opportunity to do exactly what we did but they elected not to, for reasons I don’t know.

“It’s something that we’ve been wanting to do for a very long time and haven’t had the budget to do,” he added. “This was the natural thing for us to do, absolutely 100 percent.

“It gives me encouragement that people are talking about us and people are complaining about us. That’s a good indication to me that we are doing something really good so I’m happy.

“If we were at the bottom of the pack no one would even be mentioning what we’ve done, at all.”

Green reckons Racing Point’s midfield rivals are complaining because they have dropped the ball themselves.

“I think [the criticism] comes down to the fact that some of the teams have not done as good a job as they should have done,” he added.

“We’re a team that has finished fourth two years on the trot with next to no money at all, we were hand-to-mouth and we finished fourth in the championship. We beat the likes of McLaren, we could do that with next to nothing.

“For people to think to take a team like that and inject money and resource into it and it wasn’t going to improve, I think that’s naive. I think they just haven’t stepped up to the plate.

“I think a lot of their frustration is looking inwards and probably going ‘crikey, we haven’t done a very good job’. That’s the way I would be looking from the outside in. I’d be looking at my aero department and going ‘come on guys, what an earth have you been playing at?’”

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