FIA have upheld Renault’s protests against the legality Racing Point’s brake ducts from each of the last three rounds.
Renault lodged protests with stewards after the Styrian, Hungarian and British Grands Prix arguing that Racing Point’s brake ducts weren’t their own design given the similarity to brakes of last year’s Mercedes’ car.
Racing Point however insisted that their car hadn’t broken any rules and both teams met with stewards alongside Mercedes on Wednesday, with stewards eventually upholding Renault’s complaint.
Stewards decided to fine Racing Point a combined cost of €400,000 for fielding both Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll’s cars in Styria at €200,00 per car, whilst reprimanding the team for their actions in Hungary and at Silverstone last weekend.
Racing Point have also been deducted 15 points from their the Constructor standings, dropping them from fifth to sixth place behind Renault with 7.5 points deducted each for Perez and Stroll’s cars although both drivers keep their driver points.
Hulkenberg Replace Perez Again
Racing Point confirmed before Friday Practice that Nico Hulkenberg would once again replace Perez, after the Mexican tested positive again for Coronavirus and remains in self-isolation.
Speaking of his second chance in the Racing Point after failing to start the British Grand Prix after a power unit failure, Hulkenberg said; “I’m excited to get going again with the team at Silverstone.
“Last weekend, it was a real step into the unknown having been away from the team for a few years- and driving a car I’d never driven before. I’ve learned a lot in the last week about the RP20 and I am ready to apply my experience to this weekend.”
Hulkenberg also stated that he also wanted ‘to wish Checo [Sergio] all the best in his recovery.’