Renault’s ongoing protest against the Racing Point cars is also about how Formula One racing goes in the future, team executive director Marcin Budkowski said on Friday.
Former champions Renault questioned the legality of Racing Point using cars that look similar to Mercedes’ cars after last weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix in Austria.
“I think for us it’s important to clarify ... what is permissible and what isn’t for this season, but also what F1 we want in the future,” Budkowski told reporters in a video news conference at the Hungarian Grand Prix. “What is the model we want? Is it permissible to get parts or get geometries from another team and use them on your car or not — because we don’t think that’s the right model for F1 in the future. It’s really beyond the protest, beyond this race.”
Canadian-owned Racing Point, who use Mercedes engines and gearboxes, have made no secret of copying last year’s winning Mercedes, but have said that they followed the rule that teams must design certain listed parts for themselves.
The protest focuses on the Racing Point brake ducts and a comparison with those on last year’s Mercedes.
A decision is unlikely for several weeks, but Racing Point principal Otmar Szafnauer was confident his team’s case is “bulletproof.”
“There are things that the camera can’t see, especially the internal surfaces of a brake duct, for example, that we completely designed and developed ourselves,” he said.
The controversy has also revived a long-standing debate about “customer cars” — ones provided by a constructor for another team to race.
McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl spoke earlier of the risk of F1 becoming a “copying championship,” with only two or three real constructors rather than 10 independent ones.
Christian Horner, boss of Red Bull Racing, which also has AlphaTauri as a junior team, said that the outcome of the protest would “dictate strategies for different teams for next year — so a lot weighs on that.”
“The FIA just need to say yes they’re fine with it or obviously no, they’re not,” Horner added. “A ruling on that sooner rather than later for all teams would be beneficial.”
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