Racing Point received a deduction of 15 World Cup points and a fine of 400,000 euros yesterday. That punishment from the FIA came after complaints from Renault. Racing Point would have taken over a brake part, the rear “brake ducts”, exactly from Mercedes. They are the same parts that the world champion used last year.
This is prohibited under the rules that apply this year. It is one of the parts that teams have to design themselves. Otmar Szafnauer, team principal of Racing Point, said on Friday that his team has done nothing wrong in his eyes. Shortly before Saturday’s free practice, he announced that he would appeal.
But despite the punishment and the verdict that the parts were indeed copied, the car is allowed to continue driving.
Four teams are therefore considering (again) filing a protest against Racing Point. Those are Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and Williams. They think that even more parts were exactly copied on the “pink Mercedes”. The Formula 1 teams have 96 hours to substantiate and officially file any complaint.