SILVERSTONE (AFP) – Formula One team Racing Point will be docked 15 championship points after a complaint from rivals Renault that it had copied elements from Mercedes’ world championship-winning 2019 car was upheld, the FIA said yesterday.
Racing Point will lose 7.5 points for each of its two cars participating in the 2020 season, which means that ahead of Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, Renault move up to fifth place in the manufacturers’ standings on 32 points and Racing Point slip to sixth, on 27 points.
Racing Point, owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll and powered by Mercedes engines, has also been fined USD236,000 per car. No penalties were imposed on the team’s regular drivers, the Mexican Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
Renault’s case centres on the design of Racing Point’s brake ducts, which it alleges are copies of those Mercedes used on its 2019 car.