‘Renault and McLaren could protest Racing Point’

Michelle Foster


Renault and McLaren, Racing Point’s two biggest rivals for best of the rest in the championship, could protest the RP20 come the season-opening Australian GP.

Racing Point unveiled its pink Mercedes at the start of pre-season testing.

The new car not only features a similar nose, front wing, airbox and rear wing to the current Mercedes W11 but it also has last year’s sidepods.

The car, which is powered by a Mercedes engine and also uses the Brackley team’s gearbox, was developed in the Mercedes wind tunnel.

Racing Point has defended the RP20’s design.

Tech boss Andy Green told Auto Bild Motorsport: “Should we take a look at a worse car? It makes sense that we look at the World Champion.

“We built our car alone and Mercedes didn’t help us.”

In a separate interview with Bild, he said: What we have done is not necessarily new, taking the concept of a team and implementing it ourselves.

“This has been in F1 from the start.

“Teams have done that and will continue to do so. People take concepts and make them their own.”

Rivals, though, aren’t happy with the cloned pink Mercedes.

According to AMB, Renault is planning on protesting the car, claiming it is a complete copy of the Mercedes, come the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko reckons McLaren could also get involved.

He told the publication: “We are keeping out of it but McLaren and Renault will broadcast their opinions on this.”

Renault, McLaren and Racing Point are expected to be the three teams involved in the fight for ‘best of the rest’ in this year’s championship.

Last season it went to McLaren while in 2018 it was Renault and in 2017, Force India as Racing Point was known back then.

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