Racing Point has insisted the FIA did inspect its disputed brake ducts when the governing body visited its premises before the season began.
The FIA’s head of single-seater matters Nikolas Tombazis said in Hungary they “primarily focused on the rest of the car, not the brake ducts” when they inspected the RP20.
However speaking to media at Silverstone today Racing Point’s technical director Andrew Green said: “That’s not true.”
Renault’s protest hinges on alleged similarities between Racing Point’s brake ducts and those Mercedes used in 2019.
“The FIA received all the data from our brake ducts in the visit and they did a comparison [of] the Racing Point brake ducts to the MGP brake ducts on that day,” said Green. “And they commented on it and it was discussed.”
Tombazis “wasn’t at that factory visit, there were other of his colleagues”, Green pointed out.
“But it was discussed and it was shown. So we weren’t trying to hide the brake ducts, they were part of the submission that we gave to the FIA. And they did comment on how similar they were to the Mercedes and we commented on why they were so similar because we purchased the brake ducts in 2019.”
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While the FIA originally hoped to rule on Renault’s protest before tomorrow’s race, they are now expected to issue a verdict in the middle of next week.
Green believes Racing Point have a “very strong” case.
“We’ve been working on it the last couple of weeks. Some documents went to the FIA at the weekend and our defence went to the stewards a couple of days ago. The lawyers have been working on it intensely over the last week or so.
“We think that [the protest] should be dismissed. I think the regulations are quite clear and we’ve made that case quite clear how the regulations are. And we can see that we’ve done everything within the regulations. So we don’t think there’s a case to answer.”
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