A Class Of Its Own

FIA bans Racing Point-style ‘Pink Mercedes’ reverse engineering

LONDON — Method One’s governing physique permitted on Friday a ban on the kind of reverse engineering that authorized the Racing Level staff to compete this time with a auto resembling very last year’s title-winning Mercedes.

The FIA claimed its Environment Motor Activity Council (WMSC) had permitted alterations to the 2021 specialized restrictions “that will avert the extensive use of reverse engineering of rival layouts for the style of a car’s aerodynamic surfaces.”

Canadian-owned Racing Level triggered controversy when its “Pink Mercedes” was unveiled.

The style led to a protest by rivals Renault, with Racing Level fined 400,000 euros ($473,040) by stewards and docked 15 factors for copying Mercedes’ 2019 brake ducts.

The staff was authorized to carry on competing without the need of obtaining to redesign the offending pieces.

An enchantment by those people who desired a more durable punishment, and by Racing Level from it, was dropped by all parties after the FIA issued a clarification.

“The collaboration among FIA, Method One particular and the groups has created a collection of functions … which explain the responsibilities of just about every championship participant in the style of the parts of a solitary-seater,” Ferrari claimed at the time.

The WMSC also gave last acceptance to the sport’s new Concorde Arrangement governing the sport for the following five many years. All ten groups had agreed it previously with professional rights holders Liberty Media.