FIA impound Racing Point parts, hearing to come

Jamie Woodhouse
Racing Point

Racing Point drivers Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll believe the protests made by their rivals detract from the credit the team deserves

The FIA has confirmed that Renault’s protest regarding Racing Points RP20 is admissible and have impounded their brake ducts.

Just as the dust was starting to settle on the Styrian Grand Prix, Renault restarted the action by launching an official FIA protest over the legality of the RP20.

Racing Point has long defended their RP20 as being legal, even though it was heavily based on Mercedes’ W10, and had been cleared.

But the FIA has now seized the brake ducts from the RP20 following the Styrian Grand Prix, and have asked Mercedes for the front and rear brake ducts from last year’s W10.

The Stewards’ response, reads as follows.

Having received a protest from Renault DP World F1 Team against BWT Racing Point F1 Team concerning an alleged breach of the following Articles of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations 2020
– Article 2.1
– Article 3.2
– Appendix 6, Paragraph 1
– Appendix 6, Paragraph 2(a)
– Appendix 6, Paragraph 2(c)

with regards to front and rear brake ducts used on cars 11 and 18, the Stewards summoned and heard from the team representatives of both teams and a representative of the FIA Technical Department. The Stewards determined that the protest met all requirements specified in Article 13 of the FIA International Sporting Code and is, therefore, admissible.

The FIA Technical Department representative was directed to seal and impound the relevant parts of cars 11 and 18 in preparation for conducting a detailed analysis of those pieces. The representative is further directed to provide a detailed report to the Stewards with the findings and to include an assessment that matches those findings against the alleged infringements outlined in the protest.

The representative is authorized in the name of the Stewards to call upon such outside technical assistance, including representatives of the following teams
– Renault DP World F1 Team
– BWT Racing Point F1 Team
– Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team
in the conduct of their assessment.

Furthermore, the Stewards ordered the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team to provide the front and rear brake air ducts of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ used by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team in the 2019 season to the FIA Technical Department for examination.

When the likely submission date of the assessment can be determined, the FIA Technical Department representative will communicate that to the Chairman of the Stewards so that the next meeting to assess the claims can be scheduled.

A full hearing will now be scheduled for a later date.

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