Racing Point CEO Otmar Szafnauer has dismissed criticism of his team by McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown after it was penalised by the FIA stewards for breaking the sporting regulations.
“To Zak Brown it is BS because he’s not an engineer,” said Szafnauer. “He’s got no idea what he’s talking about. Zero.
“I’m surprised at how little he knows about the rules of Formula 1. It seem to me he knows more about historic racing than he does about Formula 1.”
Racing Point was deemed to have broken the rules by using a rear brake duct it obtained from Mercedes in 2019 as the basis of its 2020 brake duct design. Teams were allowed to obtain brake ducts from rivals last year, but must design their own this year.
Szafnauer said he was frustrated that the team had fallen foul of this interpretation of the rules.
“The brake duct moved from a ‘non-listed part’ to a ‘listed part’,” he said. “We didn’t have a relationship with another team, as Haas [with Ferrari] and Toro Rosso [now AlphaTauri, with Red Bull] do. They were running others’ brake duct designs forever.
“Haas, I don’t think has ever run a brake duct design that wasn’t Ferrari’s. They never designed their own. We’ve always designed our own.
“We started the process of getting some data legally from Mercedes on brake ducts in 2018 before they were even contemplating moving them from non-listed to listed. And now we’re in breach of a sporting regulation process that says because we started with some data that we legally obtained from Mercedes, we’re in breach? It’s just ridiculous. That is the frustration.
“You look at people like Haas and Toro Rosso who forever have been getting not just data but brake ducts and designs and everything, and they’re all OK, but we’re not? That’s a frustration.”
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