A Class Of Its Own

Racing Point docked 15 points and fined $470k over illegal brake ducts

SILVERSTONE, England — Racing Place was deducted fifteen points in the Formula A single constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts primarily based on individuals from previous year’s Mercedes autos.

The stewards dominated that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Place created only slight modifications to pc design and style facts it acquired from Mercedes.

Rival group Renault submitted protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were being included to the “listed parts” under F1 policies for 2020. That implies teams need to design and style their have. Racing Place argued it was simply using information and facts about the Mercedes parts to advise its have design and style.

Brake ducts have turn out to be progressively elaborate in latest decades as teams try out to squeeze out each and every aerodynamic gain they can obtain from the autos.

Racing Place employs consumer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 automobile design and style on images of previous year’s Mercedes automobile. The similarities led to the Racing Place becoming nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was 1st viewed in screening forward of the period.

Racing Place can attractiveness the ruling. The points deduction drops the group from fifth to sixth in the standings, beneath Renault. The ruling isn’t going to have an affect on the points totals for Racing Point’s motorists.