FIA impounds Racing Point's brake ducts Renault protest


Racing Point uses Mercedes' engine, gearbox and outboard suspension components, which is in compliance with the purchasing of non-listed parts allowed under the regulations. Racing Point are now fourth with 22 points while Renault are sixth on eight.

"BWT Racing Point F1 Team is extremely disappointed to see its results in the Styrian Grand Prix questioned by what it considers to be a misconceived and poorly informed protest", a Racing Point statement read.

After hearing from Renault and Racing Point after Sunday's race, the stewards of the Styrian Grand Prix declared Renault's protest admissible and ordered the FIA technical department to seize the front and rear brake ducts from both cars.

Renault have alleged a few rule breaches in their submission to the stewards, including citing the sporting regulation that states that "a competitor shall, in respect of the Listed Parts to be used in its cars in Formula One, only use Listed Parts which are designed by it".

As the drama of racing at Spielberg cools off, the Renault DP World F1 Team announced they are launching a formal protest against the BWT Racing Point Formula One Team over the legality of their 2020 vehicle.

"The team is confident that the protest will be dismissed once it has presented its response".

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A date for the case to be heard will be set once most of the evidence has been gathered by the FIA technical representative.

"I think everybody would be anxious by the Racing Point", said Red Bull principal Christian Horner before the Renault protest was lodged. Mercedes has also been ordered to provide those parts from its 2019 vehicle so a comparison can be performed.

Speaking during preseason testing, when Racing Point's rivals first voiced their concerns, team principal Otmar Szafnauer defended the team's design direction this year.

"Although everyone says we copied a Mercedes, it is our own [design]", he said.

The Australian slid off at turn nine at the Red Bull Ring in Austria after losing the rear of his Renault, before smashing into the tyre barriers at high speed with the vehicle out of his control. "But the development is our own".

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