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Williams explains position in Racing Point F1 case appeal – F1

Claire Williams says a “very clear” position regarding the DNA of Formula 1 is behind her team’s decision to appeal the FIA’s ruling in the Racing Point brake duct case.

Williams is one of four rival teams that responded to the FIA’s ruling on the Racing Point brake duct case, a guilty verdict that yielded a €400,000 fine and a 15-point penalty, by filing an intention to appeal.

Ferrari, McLaren, and Renault – which led the campaign against Racing Point with a string of protests – have also formally called for a harsher sanction, while Racing Point has made its own appeal in a bid to clear its name.

The rival appeals have drawn the ire of Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll, who earlier this week said he is “appalled by the way Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams have taken this opportunity to appeal, and in doing so attempted to

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“No bad blood” between McLaren and Mercedes over Racing Point F1 copy case – F1

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl says there is no “bad blood” with Mercedes despite holding opposing views of the Racing Point brake ducts controversy.

Racing Point was docked 15 points in the constructors’ championship and handed a €400,000 fine after it was judged to have used an illegal method to design its rear brake ducts.

Racing Point is permitted to still use the brake ducts – deemed to be a close copy of Mercedes’ 2019 design – for the rest of this season, prompting four teams to plan appeals against the ruling in pursuit of a harsher penalty.

McLaren was joined in planning an appeal by Ferrari, McLaren and Renault, while Racing Point is also set to appeal in a bid to overturn its sanction.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is looking to mediate talks between teams to try and avoid having the case go to the FIA

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Racing Point: F1 Concorde Agreement still needs work around the edges – F1

Racing Point Formula 1 chief Otmar Szafnauer says the new Concorde Agreement “still needs some work” before the team can agree to sign.

F1 is currently finalising the updated set of commercial terms with all 10 teams that will come into force for 2021, with the existing Concorde Agreement expiring this year.

The new commercial agreements are aimed to introduce a fairer distribution of revenue between all 10 teams, as well as tweaking the governance structures.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said on Friday that the team was not yet ready to sign despite a deadline of 12 August set for the agreements to be finalised, prompting F1 to respond by saying it would “not be delayed any longer” in pushing the deal through.

Wolff also said that most teams were unwilling to talk against commercial rights holder Liberty Media publicly about negotiations, and that most were still looking for

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Red Bull boss Horner: All teams should fear Racing Point F1 pace – F1

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says everyone should be ‘worried’ by the pace of the Racing Point, following the team’s charge through the field in the Styrian Grand Prix.

After a disappointing qualifying that left Sergio Perez down in 17th on the grid, the Mexican pushed up the field to challenge for fourth at one point – before a collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon damaged his front wing and resulted in him dropping back behind McLaren’s Lando Norris.

But the speed shown by the car, with Perez able to lap at the same pace as race winner Lewis Hamilton when he was in clear air, has left rivals wide eyed about the RP20.

Asked by Autosport if Red Bull was worried by the pace of the Racing Point, Horner said: “I think everybody would be worried by the Racing Point.

“I mean Perez was quicker than the Mercedes

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Wolff acting as ‘mediator’ to avoid Racing Point case going to Court of Appeal – F1

Toto Wolff says he is acting as a “mediator” to try and resolve the Racing Point brake ducts controversy without the case going to the FIA’s International Court of Appeal.

The FIA stewards ruled on Friday that Racing Point had breached the Formula 1 regulations in the design process of its rear brake ducts for the 2020 season, resulting in a 15-point penalty and a €400,000 fine.

Racing Point was deemed to have copied the design of Mercedes’ 2019 rear brake ducts, but is permitted to continue using the part for the remainder of the season.

Racing Point is planning to appeal the ruling, while Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams have also lodged appeals in a bid for a harsher penalty to be applied.

The case has dragged in all 10 teams and sparked controversy through the F1 paddock, with Mercedes F1 team boss Wolff previously warning against the case

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Racing Point “99% sure” Perez will race in F1 Spanish GP – F1

Racing Point is “99% sure” Sergio Perez will be able to race in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, but will have Nico Hulkenberg on standby once again.

Perez was forced to miss the last two Formula 1 races at Silverstone after testing positive for COVID-19 shortly before the British Grand Prix.

The Mexican driver completed his required quarantine period in the UK, but remained positive for COVID-19 when tested ahead of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last weekend.

Racing Point now expects Perez to test negative for COVID-19 in the coming days, thus allowing him to return to his seat for the race weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

“It seems like the amount of virus in his system is coming down significantly from test to test,” Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer explained.

“He has tested again [on Saturday]. I anticipate either by the time we get the result,

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Racing Point got Mercedes F1 brake ducts in January as testing spares



Racing Point got Mercedes brake ducts in January


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Racing Point got Mercedes brake ducts in January

Racing Point received 2019-spec Formula 1 brake ducts from Mercedes in January as spare parts for its RP20 car in pre-season testing.

Racing Point was docked 15 constructors’ championship points and handed a €400,000 fine on Friday after it was deemed to have used an illegal design process for its rear brake ducts on its 2020 car.

The team previously used brake ducts supplied by Mercedes when they were a non-listed part, but were required to design their own for the 2020 season.

Racing Point intends to appeal the FIA’s ruling, while four rival teams are also planning similar action in pursuit of a harsher penalty.

The FIA stewards confirmed in their findings that Racing Point took delivery of a set of brake ducts from Mercedes on 6 January 2020, which had ceased to be non-listed parts six days

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Racing Point receives reprimand again from F1 stewards over brake ducts – F1

Racing Point has received a reprimand from Formula 1’s stewards at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix over the continued use of its controversial rear brake ducts.

The FIA had ruled ahead of the Silverstone weekend that the ducts were a breach of the sporting regulations, because they had been designed by Mercedes and not Racing Point itself.

Following the race, the FIA noted that Racing Point had used the same design yet again, so had broken the regulations.

A team representative had been asked to see the stewards on Sunday afternoon following a double points haul, with Lance Stroll finishing sixth and Nico Hulkenberg seventh.

While Racing Point was docked 15 constructors’ championship points and fined 400,000 Euros for running the brake ducts in the Styrian Grand Prix, the FIA has only handed out reprimands for them being run at subsequent events – which is once again the case.

That

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Stroll will “take all necessary actions” to prove Racing Point innocence – F1

Racing Point Formula 1 team owner Lawrence Stroll says he will “take all necessary actions to prove our innocence”, refuting suggestions that the team has copied Mercedes’ brake duct design.

Stroll also said he was “appalled” by the way that Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and Williams have all lodged their intention to appeal the decision announced by the FIA stewards on Friday, accusing them of “poor sportsmanship”.

Racing Point was fined €400,000 and docked 15 World Championship points by the stewards, but the team is allowed to continue to use the brake duct design.

The four rival teams have indicated that they intend to appeal because they are not satisfied with the sanction imposed, while Racing Point has also lodged an intention to appeal in order to clear its name.

Stroll made the comments in a statement he issued at Silverstone on Sunday morning.

“I do not often speak publicly, however

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Racing Point got Mercedes F1 brake ducts in January as testing spares – F1

Racing Point received 2019-spec Formula 1 brake ducts from Mercedes in January as spare parts for its RP20 car in pre-season testing.

Racing Point was docked 15 constructors’ championship points and handed a €400,000 fine on Friday after it was deemed to have used an illegal design process for its rear brake ducts on its 2020 car.

The team previously used brake ducts supplied by Mercedes when they were a non-listed part, but were required to design their own for the 2020 season.

Racing Point intends to appeal the FIA’s ruling, while four rival teams are also planning similar action in pursuit of a harsher penalty.

The FIA stewards confirmed in their findings that Racing Point took delivery of a set of brake ducts from Mercedes on 6 January 2020, which had ceased to be non-listed parts six days earlier.

The stewards did not deem this to be a “significant

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