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Racing Point React to Renault’s Latest Protest following Hungarian Grand Prix

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Credit: BWT Racing Point Formula One Team

For the second consecutive weekend, the Renault DP World F1 Team protested the legality of the brake ducts of BWT Racing Point Formula One Team’s RP20, although the Silverstone-based outfit continue to maintain they are legal.

Renault made their initial protest following the Styrian Grand Prix, with their belief that Racing Point did not design the front or rear brake ducts for their 2020 machine and instead have received information on their design from the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

Renault once again finished behind both Racing Point drivers in Sundays Hungarian Grand Prix, with Lance Stroll fourth and Sergio Pérez seventh compared to Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon finishing eighth and fourteenth respectively.

“We confirm that Renault DP World F1 Team has submitted a request to the Stewards of the Event for clarification on the legality of the Racing Point RP20,” read a statement from Renault following the conclusion of the race at the Hungaroring.

“We have no further comment on this matter until the Stewards have arrived at a decision.”

Otmar Szafnauer, the Team Principal and CEO of Racing Point, has hit back at the suggestions that the team has illegally received information from Mercedes regarding the brake ducts, and they have a huge amount of drawings of their own to show they were designed in-house.

“It is impossible for them to be illegal,” Szafnauer is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com. “Brake ducts, just so you know, take a long time to design and make, they are very, very complicated, and we have 886 individual drawings for our brake ducts.

“We have no concerns whatsoever. Our brake ducts are legal, we ran them last weekend, we ran them again this weekend and we will be running them again at Silverstone.

“Just so you know they protested the brake ducts, and we don’t have any other brake ducts, and mainly because they are legal.”

Both the protest from Styria and the one after the Hungarian Grand Prix will be heard together, with a final decision about the legality of the brake ducts coming in due course. 

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