McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says the FIA’s verdict on Racing Point shows the team’s claim it only used photographs to copy Mercedes’ 2019 car is “BS”.
“Racing Point has been found guilty [and] I am concerned that they still have those [parts] what were deemed illegal in Austria on the race car now,” said Brown.
“I think that is confusing for the for the fans. How is something that is not legal in Austria still on the car?”
The case concerned whether Racing Point had broken the rules by basing its RP20 closely on Mercedes’ 2019 car. While the team has only been found in breach of the rules regarding its rear brake ducts, Brown believes the verdict indicates other transgressions may have occured.
“They claimed that they had copied the car via photography,” he said. “It’s clear from reading the document that that’s BS. And therefore you have to question anything else around that car.
“So I think this is the potentially the tip of the iceberg, the starting point of looking at what’s happened here, because I don’t think it’s healthy for the sport.”
Racing Point has been docked 15 points – though the sanction is only applied to the team, not its drivers – and fined €400,000 (£360,000).
“The constructor gets a penalty, but the drivers don’t,” Brown continued. “As teams we all compete with each other but then all the drivers compete with each other and they’re able to keep their points when drivers are fighting for the drivers championship.”
Renault has indicated it is considering an appeal over the decision and Brown said McLaren may look into joining it.
“I think it’s thrown up a lot more questions than answers and there’s new evidence that we now have been able to see. And it’s something we, too, are going to review quickly and understand the appeal process and whether that’s something that we want to potentially participate in.”
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