Most Formula 1 teams want the FIA to outlaw the approach Racing Point has taken to designing its 2020 car, according to McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
But whether or not that protest is upheld, Brown says most teams want to ensure future regulations prevent similar copying.
“I think the majority of the teams don’t like what they’re seeing with ‘Copy Point’/’Tracing Point’/’Racing Point’, whatever you want to call them,” said Brown yesterday.
“Whether it’s legal or not, I think we’ll have to see how the FIA responds to the protest. Putting aside the legality or not, because we don’t know, I think it’s outside the spirit of what we all think Formula 1 is and has been.”
Racing Point have gone much further than other teams have in the past in modelling their car on last year’s Mercedes, said Brown.
“Yes, there’s always been a degree of copying, looking at what that person’s doing on the front wing or a double diffuser, and I think that’s part of the sport. But it’s certainly been taken to the extreme this time where they’ve effectively admitted they’ve replicated someone else’s race car.
“I don’t believe that’s what Formula 1 is about. There’s other forms of racing where you have spec racing or two or three different chassis. I think that’s not the DNA of Formula 1.”
Brown does not expect the issue will go away if the stewards rule in favour of Racing Point.
“I think what’s important is in the short term we get clarified what’s happened, is that appropriate or not? But regardless of that outcome, I think if we all agree, which I think the majority of us do, that’s not what Formula 1 should be like moving forward, then we need to make sure we write regulations that stop whatever has happened from happening again.”
Some have suggested ‘B teams’, ‘customer cars’ or similar should be permitted on the understanding the teams who run them should not receive as much prize money as full constructors. But Brown is against this: “Not only [would] we have a two-tier system on track, you have a two-tier system off track,” he said. “And then I think Formula 1 loses its identity.
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