Racing Point’s Formula 1 team says it is “extremely disappointed” with the complaint made by competitor Renault.
The team protested that Racing Point’s cars would be too similar to the Mercedes Lewis Hamilton drove to the world title last year.
Renault submitted an inquiry to the stewards on Sunday after the Styrian Grand Prix. Renault’s top driver, Daniel Ricciardo, finished in eighth place, just behind the cars of Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll.
The Racing Point cars run on a Mercedes engine, but the design would reflect many aspects of the Mercedes with which Hamilton was the best last year. “We firmly deny that we have broken the rules,” Racing Point said on Monday.
“Before the start of the season, the team answered all questions about the design of the RP20 to everyone’s satisfaction.”
Racing Point already recognized before the season that it copied the 2019 Mercedes, but following the applicable rules. They say that teams have to design certain car parts themselves, for example, those related to aerodynamics.
After the Steiermark GP, stewards confiscated various parts of the Racing Point car. Mercedes was asked to provide the same parts of their car last year to investigate Renault’s claim.