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FIA won’t stop ‘free’ 2021 F1 upgrades for Racing Point and AlphaTauri – F1

The FIA has told teams that it won’t drop the new rule that will allow Racing Point and AlphaTauri to get ‘free’ upgrades for the 2021 Formula 1 season.

The rule specifies that teams currently using 2019 unlisted customer parts can upgrade them to 2020 spec for next year, without deploying the tokens that have been introduced to rein in development.

Racing Point and AlphaTauri are the two teams that will benefit from the rule, as they are now using 2019 parts, such as suspension elements, provided by their respective partner teams, Mercedes and Red Bull. Ferrari customer Haas already uses the same 2020 parts as the works team and thus will not benefit.

A late addition to the 2021 FIA technical regulations, Article 22.8.5.b, states: “In the event the customer competitor has used for that TRC-H [transferable component] or FSC-H [free supply component] the 2019 specification of the supplying

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Perez: Matter of time until Vettel-Racing Point F1 rumours go away – F1

Sergio Perez believes it is just “a matter of time” until rumours linking Sebastian Vettel with his Racing Point Formula 1 seat go away, feeling “quite secure” about his future.

Four-time world champion Vettel is known to be in talks with Racing Point over a possible drive for the 2021 season, when it will rebrand as Aston Martin.

Racing Point currently has two drivers under contract for next year in Perez and Lance Stroll, and has repeatedly stated that both are locked in to long-term agreements.

Perez previously said it was “obvious” he would be the driver to leave the team if Vettel were signed – given Stroll’s father, Lawrence, owns the team – and that he had already been contacted by another F1 team about his availability.

Speaking on Thursday ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, Perez said he felt confident about his future with Racing Point, believing the

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Brundle: Difficult to believe Racing Point F1 copied ’19 Mercedes so well – F1

Martin Brundle says it is “difficult to believe” Racing Point managed to copy last year’s Formula 1 title-winning Mercedes car so well, praising the team for doing “an extraordinary job”.

Racing Point opted to base the design of its RP20 car on the 2019-spec Mercedes W10, stressing it has done so legally despite an ongoing protest from Renault.

The team has enjoyed a huge upswing in form this season, locking out the second row of the grid in Hungary two weeks ago before Lance Stroll finished the race in fourth place.

Racing Point sits fourth in the constructors’ championship, one point behind McLaren and 13 clear of Ferrari after three races.

Ex-F1 driver and current Sky Sports F1 pundit Brundle said it was “difficult to believe” Racing Point had managed to copy the 2019 Mercedes so well and understand it enough to make it work.

“To replicate a car that

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F1 Styrian GP: Racing Point “debatably” the second fastest car, says Stroll – F1

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll believes his team “debatably” has the second fastest Formula 1 car after its Styrian Grand Prix performance, while Renault has launched a protest against the team.

After struggling in the wet qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, both Sergio Perez and team-mate Stroll charged through the field during Sunday’s race in dry and warm conditions to demonstrate the RP20’s pace.

After Perez overtook both Stroll and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo to climb to fifth – having started 17th – the Mexican damaged his front wing attacking Red Bull’s Alexander Albon on lap 69.

It meant Perez faded to sixth place at the chequered flag, with Stroll right behind him in seventh, having enjoyed a strong race where he fought with Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

The overall performance of Racing Point, coupled with the promising pace shown back in pre-season testing, has led to Stroll feeling the team

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F1 2020, Spanish Grand Prix, Racing Point: Mercedes could be guilty in brake duct case, Red Bull boss says

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has suggested Mercedes could be a guilty party in the ‘copycat’ scandal engulfing Formula One.

Mercedes customer team, Racing Point, was last week fined €400,000 (A$658,250) and stripped of 15 world championship points after FIA stewards deemed it had illegally copied the team’s brake ducts.

Renault and Ferrari will appeal the leniency of the punishment, while Racing Point intends to take the case to the International Court of Appeals to have its name cleared.

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Racing Point, was last week fined €400,000 (A$658,250) and stripped of 15 world championship points.
Racing Point, was last week fined €400,000 (A$658,250) and stripped of 15 world championship points.Source: Getty Images

Racing Point was in pre-season dubbed the ‘Pink Mercedes’ because of similarities to the Silver Arrows’ 2019 car, but it wasn’t until

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Racing Point F1 to proceed with appeal against FIA penalty – F1

Racing Point will proceed with its appeal against the penalty received from the FIA over its Formula 1 brake ducts design, taking the case to the International Court of Appeal.

Racing Point was hit with a 15-point constructors’ championship penalty and fined €400,000 after it was deemed to have copied the design of Mercedes’ 2019 brake ducts for its 2020 car.

The team has been vocal in its belief that it has done nothing wrong in the case, and notified the FIA of its intention to appeal the sanction last Saturday.

Any intentions to appeal were subject to a 96-hour window to be formalised that would act as the next step in the case, taking it to the FIA’s International Court of Appeal.

Racing Point has now confirmed its intention to appeal, thus marking the next step in its bid to prove its innocence.

Both Ferrari and Renault have also

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Williams will not appeal Racing Point F1 brake duct decision – F1

Williams has confirmed it will not appeal the FIA’s ruling against Racing Point, feeling its “most fundamental concern” about Formula 1 car copying has been addressed.

Racing Point was docked 15 points in the constructors’ championship and fined €400,000 last Friday after the FIA stewards judged the team used an illegal design process for its rear brake ducts.

Racing Point previously received brake ducts as a non-listed part from Mercedes, whose design it was deemed to have copied when modelling its own parts for 2020 after they became a listed part.

The ruling permitted Racing Point to continue to use the brake ducts for the remainder of the season, sparking anger among many of its rivals over the leniency of the penalty.

Williams was joined by McLaren, Renault and Ferrari in notifying the FIA of its intention to appeal the ruling, giving them 96 hours to formalise the appeal. Racing

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McLaren drops Racing Point F1 brake duct appeal, Ferrari and Renault continue



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McLaren drops Racing Point brake duct appeal

The McLaren Formula 1 team has decided not to progress with an appeal regarding the Racing Point brake duct case, but Ferrari and Renault will do so.

The decision by the latter two teams means that the matter will now definitely go to the International Court of Appeal.

In their decision announced on Friday morning the FIA stewards gave Racing Point a €400,000 fine and docked the team 15 World Championship points, while allowing the Silverstone outfit to keep using the same brake ducts.

Due to the complexity of the case teams were given 24 hours to lodge a notice of intention to appeal, instead of the usual hour.

The five teams who submitted a notice by Saturday morning then had 96 hours to confirm that they will carry on or drop out, a deadline that passes at 0930 UK

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McLaren drops Racing Point F1 brake duct appeal, Ferrari and Renault continue – F1

The McLaren Formula 1 team has decided not to progress with an appeal regarding the Racing Point brake duct case, but Ferrari and Renault are pushing ahead with the appeal.

The decision by the latter two teams means that the matter will now definitely go to the International Court of Appeal.

In their decision announced on Friday morning the FIA stewards gave Racing Point a €400,000 fine and docked the team 15 World Championship points, while allowing the Silverstone outfit to keep using the same brake ducts.

Due to the complexity of the case teams were given 24 hours to lodge a notice of intention to appeal, instead of the usual hour.

The five teams who submitted a notice by Saturday morning then had 96 hours to confirm that they will carry on or drop out, a deadline that passes at 0930 UK time on Wednesday morning.

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Binotto: Racing Point F1 brake duct case “like copying a test” – F1

Mattia Binotto has compared Racing Point’s role in the Formula 1 brake duct controversy to “copying a test” amid Ferrari’s plans to appeal for a harsher sanction.

Racing Point was handed a 15-point constructors’ championship penalty and a €400,000 fine after its brake ducts were ruled to have been designed via an illegal process.

Racing Point called the ruling “a bit bewildering”, and has confirmed its intention to appeal the sanction and clear its name.

But with the team permitted to continue to use the rear brake ducts for the rest of the season, many of Racing Point’s rivals have voiced anger over the leniency of the penalty.

Ferrari, Williams, Renault and McLaren are all planning formal appeals against the ruling, which would result in the case going to the FIA International Court of Appeal.

It sparked an angry response from Racing Point team owner Lawrence Stroll in a rare

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