Mercedes boss Toto Wolff unperturbed Racing Point row will go to court
Teams intend to appeal against FIA’s decision regarding Racing Point’s brake pads
London — Formula One champions Mercedes have done nothing wrong and would be happy for a row over Racing Point’s 2020 car to end up in court, according to team boss Toto Wolff.
Mercedes supplies engines and gearboxes to Racing Point and the Silverstone-based team’s car has been dubbed the “Pink Mercedes” due to its visual similarities to the 2019 title winner.
Renault protested about the team’s brake ducts after three of the races leading up to Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix and stewards fined Racing Point €400,000 and docked them 15 points.
The sharing of “listed” parts is banned but to complicate matters, the brake ducts were not listed in 2019 but are for 2020. Rivals have questioned whether Mercedes erred in providing parts and information.
“If someone thinks that we have done something wrong, they should protest. We are happy to go to court,” Wolff told reporters. “We have done nothing wrong; I strongly believe that Racing Point have done nothing wrong.
“I believe if this goes to the international court of appeal, the lawyers and the barristers have a strong opinion that this is a case that has solid pillars and therefore everybody’s in a good place about that. Our reputation is important but it is intact.”
The chances of a courtroom showdown look high with five teams, including Racing Point, indicating to the governing FIA that they intend to appeal against the stewards’ decision.
Racing Point team owner Lawrence Stroll said on Sunday that he would take “all necessary actions” to prove the team’s innocence.
Team principal Otmar Szafnauer told reporters that the stewards were wrong in comparing Racing Point’s design process to “using tracing paper”.
Others feel the punishment was not sufficient and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner suggested questions still had to be asked of Mercedes.
“If the team in question are guilty of receiving, surely the team that has provided has been also in breach of the regulations. But that is something for the FIA to deal with,” he said.
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