This comes despite Renault’s fears about a potential violation of the ban on consumer vehicles by Racing Point F1 and exchanged pieces on the similarity between the Racing Point RP20 and the 2019 title-winning W10 by Mercedes.
Renault is reported to have been contemplating protesting against Racing Point about the matter for some time, but decided not to do so in last weekend’s first Red Bull Ring event.
Racing Point put on an outstanding performance on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring as Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll ended sixth and seventh respectively. Beating Daniel Ricciardo of Renault to eighth on the track.
Yet Renault has now mounted an official lawsuit against all Racing Point models, as reported in a Sunday evening newsletter by the stewards.
The stewards’ investigation reported that there was “an suspected violation of Art. 2.1, 3.2, Appendix 6 Paragraph 1, 2(a) and 2(c) of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations 2020 during the race by the Renault DP World F1 Team.”
The early papers highlight that all entrants must guarantee that their cars are entirely qualified for entry into the series. Which Renault is in breach of which Racing Point is protesting.
The foregoing papers in Appendix 6 of the sporting regulations state that. “A driver shall use only listed parts built by it in respect of the specified parts. To be used in his Formula One vehicles.”
Racing Point was open in its plan to base the design of the RP20 car on last year’s Mercedes. And took as part of their technical collaboration a number of listed parts from Mercedes.
McLaren team leader Andreas Seidl has often referred to the Racing Point car. As “the Mercedes of last year”. But last week in Austria there were “no reasons” for protesting.
The company’s succinct statement reads: “We announce that the Renault DP World F1 Team has sent a submission. For clarification to the Event Stewards on the validity of the Racing Point RP20.