In the pre-season tests in Barcelona, the new Racing Point had caused controversy, as a certain resemblance to the Mercedes of 2019 was evident at first glance.
The technical director of Racing Point Andrew Green, however, in an interview with Motorsport.com, said that the FIA itself visited the stable factory to shed light on the matter, and that it was satisfied with what it saw.
“We don't really know what the ground is that they are thinking of protesting about”, said Andrew Green. “When the car launched, we talked to the FIA about it, the FIA came round to the factory and looked at what we'd done and the designs of the car”.
“They even took the design data from Mercedes for last year's car and checked it against ours. They did a thorough check. And they are completely happy that the car that we've got on track has been designed by us”.
“It may have some similarities to the Mercedes, but it's just similar. It's not the same. And so there is no protest there. They can shout and scream as much as they want, but I think what they're actually shouting and screaming about is the fact that they've missed a trick. And that's what they're upset about”.
“There was no obligation to carry over a single thing in 2020, where there always had been huge pressure up until that point to carry over a significant percentage of the car - depending on the sort of financial situation we were in”.
Green added that, as a Mercedes customer car, making some technical choices like the main team is a perfectly normal thing.
“There was always significant carry over, and this year was the first time that we had a clean sheet and we could optimise what we were buying from Mercedes”, Green explained. “And it seemed just so logical - why fight against it? Why fight against this concept that they've been running and the concept that we'd adopted, why not just align the two and go from there?”.
“Which obviously means a completely new car with zero carry over”.
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