Mercedes ordered to provide brake parts in Renault-Racing Point case

Mercedes ordered to provide brake parts in Renault-Racing Point case

Racing Point has not denied it used last year's title winning Mercedes as inspiration for its vehicle this year, but has always maintained that it can prove the designs are its own intellectual property and no illegal exchange of information took place with Mercedes.

Racing Point has repeatedly stressed that its 2020 auto complies with the regulations and until now none of its rivals had found grounds to take action and lodge a formal complaint.

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 has not denied using last year's title-winning Mercedes as inspiration for its auto this season, but has always maintained that it can prove the designs are its own intellectual property.

And it also alleged that in copying the Mercedes concept it had breached rules that required: "in the case of the Outsourcing of design, such third party shall not be a competitor or a party that directly or indirectly designs Listed Parts for any competitor".

The relevant components from the cars of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll have now been sealed and impounded in order that the FIA's Technical Department can conduct a detailed analysis.

Should Renault's protest be successful, the Racing Point cars would be excluded from the results of today's Styrian Grand Prix as those are the results that were protested.

The FIA Technical Department representative will now carry out a detailed assessment of the parts in question, and "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 stewards have authorised the FIA to call upon outside technical assistance which includes Mercedes.

The stewards explained: "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 FIA's Technical Department representative will communicate to the stewards when the next hearing will take place, where the claims will be assessed. It also uses Mercedes wind tunnel to develop its vehicle as part of an agreement between the two teams.

The RP20 has been a source of controversy for a number of Racing Point's midfield rivals since winter testing.

"Although everyone says we copied a Mercedes, it is our own [design]", he said. It is our own wind tunnel model. Yes, we look to see what is fast and we thought: that's fast, can we do the same. "But the development is our own".

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