For the unaware, the 2020 Racing Point car resembles the 2019 Championing winning car from Mercedes to a great degree.
The uncanny resemblance between the RP20 and W10 has caused a fair amount of unrest among the smaller teams. Going by preseason testing, the RP20 may have borrowed some of the W10’s performance as well.
With so many similarities and sudden spike in performance, several teams hinted at protesting against Racing Point.
As it turns out, Racing Point recently revealed that the FIA visited the teams’ factory to inspect the RP20. Apparently, the governing authority found no problems with the team’s 2020 car.
Andreas Seidl has confirmed that McLaren will not file a protest against Racing Point. The RP20, also known as the “Pink Mercedes”, gets its nickname because a large part of the bodywork was conceived via the Mercedes team.
The pink team on the grid has never made it a secret that their car is largely based on blueprints from the Mercedes W10, last year’s champion car. The strategy could just mean a midfield win.
Seidl said McLaren has no valid evidence to file a protest: “There is absolutely no intention to file a protest. Mercedes and Racing Point have chosen to go this way, and I think there is room within the regulations to do it.”
Still, the McLaren team boss isn’t too happy about it. “Do I like it? Of course not. But if it is within the regulations to do things like this, they are allowed to do that. In the end, I prefer to focus on ourselves.”
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F1 2020 NEXT RACE
|Anniversary GP||9 Aug|
|10h00 - 11h30||Free practice 1|
|14h00 - 15h30||Free practice 2|
|11h00 - 12h00||Free practice 3|
|14h00 - 15h00||Qualification|
|14h10 - 16h10||Race|