The 2020 Formula 1 season has reopened with a controversy at the centre based on the development of the new Racing Point car.
From all called "Pink Mercedes", the Racing Point found itself under accusation after the other F1 teams declared that there were too many similarities with the car made by the German team.
Mercedes said the team provided CAD data on the W10's brake ducts designs to Racing Point, but this data exchange dates back to 2019 when it was still legal.
Furthermore, from the verdict of the FIA stewards, it emerged that Mercedes supplied Racing Point with a set of brake ducts at the beginning of January this year after it was specified in the regulation that the teams themselves should have built the parts listed.
Nonetheless, the FIA accepted this manoeuvre because the braking supplies given to Racing Point had not been used and the team had already received the plans.
"We feel 100 percent comfortable with our position,
"We have read the rules over and over again. The verdict that came out today is extremely complicated, and comes up with an interpretation that is new to all of us.
"We have provided certain data in 2019, which was totally within the rules. The January 6 delivery of ducts has no material effect on any of the action, because the whole thing was delivered much earlier.
"And all the CAD drawings and designs were delivered much earlier. And Racing Point and ourselves are still of the opinion that it's within the regulations." these are the words of Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, about the situation that the two teams are going through.
Wolff also added: "I see some benefits,
"I think we have a team that is competing amongst the front running teams now.
"This was very much the aim, and on the other side, it provides a great source of income for us as a big team, we're able to monetize some of the technologies that otherwise wouldn't be monetized. And I think it's a win-win situation.
"I respect the opinion of the other side, that cars shouldn't look like some other cars. Now, none of the regulations prohibits that. This special situation arose because a non-listed part became a listed part.
"So while it was a non-listed part, things were supplied, but we can have that legal discussion endlessly, but at the end, to be honest, there is zero worry on our side.
"And when I say zero, I mean zero, that we were in any breach. Nor do I think that Racing Point was in breach, and I believe that if that would go to the ICA [International Court of Appeal], it would probably be a complex matter, because it's technical, but I doubt there would be any outcome."
Plus, Mercedes refuses to sign Formula 1's current Concorde Agreement stating the team has been mistreated.
The Concorde Agreement was designed by Formula 1 in order to have a fairer distribution of F1 revenues so that all teams can be at the same level.
"We from Mercedes, we made very clear that we are happy with a more equitable split of the prize fund,"
"The way success is rewarded and possible for everybody, we agree to.
"We are, I would say, the biggest victim in terms of prize fund loss in all of that. Ferrari has maintained an advantageous position. With Red Bull, it obviously balances out with AlphaTauri. So it's us that are hurt the most.
"I feel that Mercedes has contributed to the sport over the last years. We have apart from being competitive on-track, we have the driver that has clearly the most global appeal.
"We feel that whilst being in those negotiations, we weren't treated in the way we should have been.
"In our point of view, I don't feel ready to sign a Concorde Agreement." Wolff concluded.