Racing Point was deducted 15 factors within the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for utilizing brake ducts primarily based on these from last yr’s Mercedes automobiles.
The stewards dominated that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the elements, and that Racing Point made just minor adjustments to pc design information it obtained from Mercedes.
Rival crew Renault filed protests in regards to the legality of the brake ducts, which had been added to the “listed parts” below F1 guidelines for 2020. That means groups should design their very own. Racing Point argued it was merely utilizing details about the Mercedes elements to tell its personal design.
Brake ducts have grow to be more and more elaborate in recent times as groups attempt to squeeze out each aerodynamic benefit they will discover from the automobiles.
Racing Point makes use of buyer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 automotive design on pictures of last yr’s Mercedes automotive. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing forward of the season.
Racing Point can enchantment the ruling. The factors deduction drops the crew from fifth to sixth within the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t have an effect on the factors totals for Racing Point’s drivers.