Renault submitted an official protest against Racing Point’s cars for the third time on Sunday. The FIA is said to be meeting this week to discuss the matter.
The French news agency AFP reports that the FIA has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday to hear the case of the “pink Mercedes”. The motorsport association itself has not yet officially confirmed this.
Renault believes that Racing Point illegally copied some parts from last year’s Mercedes champion car. The protest specifically concerns the brake cooling. In Formula 1 it is allowed, for example, to take over the engine and gearbox from other teams, but the design of the cars must be made by the teams themselves.
Renault formally protested Sunday only against Lance Stroll, who finished ninth at Silverstone. Former Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg, who filled in at Racing Point for Sergio Pérez, infected with COVID-19, was unable to start due to an engine problem. Renault took fourth and sixth place on Sunday with Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.
Renault previously protested after the GPs of Styria and Hungary against the ‘pink Mercedes’. Racing Point then stated in a statement that it was confident about the good outcome and called the French team “poorly informed”.
Next weekend, the 70-year Grand Prix of Formula 1 at Silverstone is on the program.