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Perez: “Obvious” who would leave Racing Point F1 team if Vettel signed – F1

Sergio Perez says it is “obvious” who would leave Racing Point if the team does sign Sebastian Vettel for the 2021 season.

Four-time world champion Vettel is in talks with Racing Point over joining the team for next season after Ferrari opted against renewing his contract beyond this year.

Vettel confirmed that he is in “loose talks” with Racing Point, but said he has not signed any agreement with the team.

Racing Point currently has Perez and team-mate Lance Stroll under long-term contracts. Perez is currently in the first year of a three-year deal, but the team has refused to rule out both drivers staying on for 2021.

Stroll is the son of Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll, making it likely that he would remain with the team for 2021 when it will be rebranded as Aston Martin.

Perez stressed last week that he had a valid contract for next

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Racing Point won’t ignore Perez’s loyalty in F1 amid Vettel decision – F1

Sergio Perez’s role in helping Racing Point survive in Formula 1, plus his loyalty in committing his long-term future to the team, will factor into the decision on his future.

The Mexican was instrumental in taking action back in 2018 that allowed the then Force India team to enter administration so it could be rescued by new investors.

In the end, Lawrence Stroll was able to step in and take over the outfit, which has gone from strength to strength since.

Last year, Perez duly agreed to tie himself to the team until the end of 2022, even though there were still potential vacancies at front running teams like Mercedes and Ferrari.

Despite all that, Stroll is currently evaluating whether or not to replace the Mexican with Sebastian Vettel – whom he has held discussions with about joining the Silverstone-based outfit. There is understood to be a break clause in

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Impossible for Racing Point F1 brake ducts to be illegal, says Szafnauer – F1

Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer says that “it is impossible” for the Formula 1 team’s brake ducts to be illegal, amid Renault’s protests against them.

After the Hungarian Grand Prix, rivals Renault followed up the earlier protest of the cars of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll in the Styrian event with a second identical pair of protests, as the FIA had anticipated.

All of the protests will now be heard together, by the same set of stewards.

Renault contends that Racing Point received brake duct designs for the 2019 Mercedes W10, which it has since put into production for its RP20 car.

This revolves around the fact that last year it was legal to share information on ducts, but they became a listed part for 2020, which means teams have to design their own.

“It is impossible for them to be illegal,” said Szafnauer. “Brake ducts, just so you know,

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Loophole allows Racing Point, AlphaTauri to claim ‘free’ ’21 updates – F1

A potential loophole in the FIA’s new development token system will allow Racing Point and AlphaTauri to make significant upgrades to their Formula 1 cars without deploying tokens.

The loophole slipped through when the teams voted on a large package of measures to deal with the post-COVID-19 world, including the lower cost cap.

As part of the new freeze on homologated components that runs to the end of the 2021 season each team has been handed two tokens to deploy on an area of the car of their choice.

The teams have to notify the FIA next Wednesday of how they want to use their tokens, and must submit full details of the upgrade plans at a later date.

If a customer team takes a part that its supplying team has deployed tokens on to upgrade it, the customer also has to give up its tokens in order to be

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Brawn: Racing Point F1 protest “tricky problem” for FIA to resolve – F1

Formula 1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn believes the current protest against Racing Point will be a “tricky problem” for the FIA to resolve.

Racing Point is currently facing scrutiny over the legality over its RP20 car following protests by Renault at each of the last two races.

Racing Point has openly admitted it based the design of its car on the 2019 Mercedes W10 by using photographs, but stresses it remains within the regulations.

Writing in his post-race column, Brawn explained how copying other teams was “standard” in F1, having previously done so himself in his time as a team technical chief.

“My view is copying in Formula 1 is standard,” Brawn said.

“Every team has, in normal times, digital photographers in the pit lane out there taking thousands of photos of every car for analysis, with a view of copying the best ideas. We used to give

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Vettel admits “loose talks” with Racing Point over 2021 F1 drive – F1

Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he is in “loose talks” with Racing Point over a 2021 Formula 1 drive, but is not under pressure to make a quick decision.

Speculation over the past week has suggested that Vettel has an offer on the table from Racing Point to join it when it becomes Aston Martin in 2021.

The likelihood is that he would replace Sergio Perez, with sources suggesting that the Mexican can be replaced if the team activates an exit clause in his long term contract by the end of this month.

Pushed on the links with an Aston Martin future at the Hungaroring on Thursday, Vettel played down talk he was poised to sign a contract, but did confirm that discussions are taking place.

“Well, at this stage, I think it’s talks,” he said.

“I said last week that obviously I’ve been in talks with Renault for example,

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Seidl: F1 risks becoming “copying championship” with Racing Point model – F1

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl fears Formula 1 risks becoming a “copying championship” as the FIA prepares to rule on Renault’s protest against Racing Point’s ‘pink Mercedes’ car.

Renault lodged a formal protest against Racing Point’s RP20 car following last Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix, focusing on the brake ducts used by the team.

Racing Point has openly acknowledged it designed its 2020 car based on the 2019 title-winning Mercedes W10, causing it to be dubbed a ‘pink Mercedes’, but has always maintained it did so within the rules.

The FIA is set to rule on the protest during the gap between this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix at the beginning of August.

McLaren F1 chief Seidl has frequently referred to Racing Point’s car as “last year’s Mercedes”, but previously said he believed there were no grounds for a protest.

Speaking on Friday, Seidl said he would

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Racing Point only seen “glimpses” of RP20 F1 car potential so far – F1

Racing Point Formula 1 technical director Andy Green says his squad is yet to fulfil the potential of its RP20 and has only seen “glimpses” of the car’s true form.

The Silverstone-based team’s car is generally regarded as the third fastest on the 2020 grid behind Mercedes and Red Bull but has potential to challenge Red Bull and compete for second.

That was the case over one lap in Hungary, where Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez qualified on the second row only behind the Mercedes duo.

However the team hasn’t backed up that pace with equally strong race results and currently lies only fifth in the F1 world constructors’ championship, one point behind Ferrari.

Racing Point’s British GP was compromised by the loss of Perez, after he tested positive for COVID-19, and the need to get his replacement Nico Hulkenberg up to speed, which meant that the team had to

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Racing Point has no space for Sebastian Vettel in 2021 – Szafnauer – F1

Racing Point is clear that there is ‘no space’ at its Formula 1 team for Sebastian Vettel next year, despite the German continuing to be linked with the squad.

With Vettel not being retained by Ferrari for 2021, his options for staying on in F1 are narrowing, with Renault this week shutting the door on him and signing Fernando Alonso.

Vettel has said that he would consider returning to Red Bull if an offer was made, but while Mercedes and Red Bull have yet to fully commit to their line-ups for next year, both teams have indicated in recent days that they are almost certain to retain their current drivers.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Sky F1 that signing Vettel was a “definite no”.

It has left Racing Point as one potential option for Vettel, even though the soon-to-be rebranded Aston Martin outfit has long term contracts in

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F1 cost cap won’t harm Mercedes relationship, says Racing Point – F1

Racing Point Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer doesn’t believe a closer field in the future will jeopardise the team’s technical partnership with Mercedes.

Along with its power unit Mercedes provides a gearbox and other systems to Racing Point, as well as usage of the Brackley wind tunnel.

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul suggested recently that such relationships could be under threat if the cost cap closes the field up and the bigger teams become less keen to supply technology to partners who could potentially challenge them.

However Szafnauer says that the current pacesetters will still have an edge, even if the gap closes, so it won’t become an issue.

“I understand the theory, I just can’t predict the future,” Szafnauer told Autosport.
“I still think the big teams will have an advantage, even in 2022. They’re not going to going to wake up, bump their heads and forget how to develop

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