Published: Wed, August 12, 2020
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Stroll 'appalled' by F1 rivals as Racing Point chief denies cheating

Stroll 'appalled' by F1 rivals as Racing Point chief denies cheating

Racing Point have been docked 15 points and fined £361,000 for illegally copying Mercedes' 2019 rear brake ducts for use on their vehicle this season.

While the FIA stewards' verdict said the governing body was satisfied Mercedes had not done anything wrong in transferring its design, other teams are not convinced and it is understood it will be one of the aspects that the International Court of Appeal will be asked to look at.

Racing Point were docked 15 constructors' championship points and handed a €400,000 fine after the FIA stewards ruled the team had breached F1's design regulations regarding its rear brake ducts for the 2020 season.

Wolff said: "If someone thinks we have done something wrong, they should protest".

Stroll said: 'I do not often speak publicly.

As such, when Racing Point used the same brake ducts in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix - finishing sixth with Lance Stroll and seventh with Nico Hulkenberg - the team was summoned to the stewards and given another reprimand. "We have done nothing wrong". Obviously our reputation is very important, but it is intact.

Mercedes supply engines and gearboxes to Racing Point and the Silverstone-based team's auto has been dubbed the "Pink Mercedes" due to its visual similarities to last year's title-winner.

The publishing of the stewards' decision kicked off the row on Friday, with McLaren boss Zak Brown disputing Racing Point's claim that they had copied Mercedes' title-winning 2019 auto from photographs.

"I believe that 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 very, very solid pillars".

Stroll stressed: "I have never cheated at anything in my life". My integrity - and that of my team - are beyond question.

He added: "Beyond the clear fact that Racing Point complied with the technical regulations, I am appalled by the way Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams have taken this opportunity to appeal, and in doing so attempted to detract from our performances".

'They are dragging our name through the mud.

This season's Formula One guidelines state such ducts belong to the "listed parts" category, meaning they must be designed by each team rather than bought in from elsewhere. These accusations are completely unacceptable and not true.

"We feel that whilst being in those negotiations we weren't treated in the way we should have been", he said. I am truly upset to see the poor sportsmanship of our competitors.

The FIA stewards confirmed in their findings that Racing Point took delivery of a set of brake ducts from Mercedes on 6 January 2020, which had ceased to be non-listed parts six days earlier.

The stewards ruled that the continued use of the front brake duct design this year was allowed as it was considered a "grandfathered part' based on its use in 2019, but the introduction of rear brake ducts to the 2020 auto based on Mercedes' 2019 design was against the regulations".

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