Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says he has no concerns over any examination of Mercedes’ role in the Racing Point legality row.look into whether Mercedes broke the rules by supplying parts to Racing Point.
On Friday the FIA stewards fined Racing Point €400,000 and deducted 15 points from their constructors’ championship total for using rear brake ducts which were designed illegally. The ducts were based on parts obtained from Mercedes.
The decision has raised questions over how far technical co-operation between competing teams is permissible. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said his team “want absolute clarity as to what is and what isn’t permissible moving forward.”
“Obviously Red Bull are in the unique position that they own 100% of two grand prix teams,” he said. “We’ve always complied stringently with the regulations since the constructor rules within the last Concorde were made very clear.
“So for us there is a bigger picture. This is not just about brake ducts, it’s about what is philosophically allowed and what isn’t.
“Regarding Mercedes I’m sure questions will get asked, because if if the team in question are guilty of receiving, surely the team that has provided has been also in breach of those regulations? And that’s something for the FIA to look into.”
The row is expected to drag on as five teams, including Racing Point, have given notice of their intention to appeal Friday’s decision. Wolff is confident any further examination of the matter will find no wrongdoing on Mercedes’ part.
“We have not been protested, we have done nothing wrong, I strongly believe that Racing Point has done nothing wrong,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “I believe that if this goes to the International Court of Appeal, the lawyers and the barristers have a strong opinion that this is a case that has very, very solid pillars and therefore everybody’s in a good place about that.”
“Obviously our reputation is very important,” he added. “But it is intact. And if someone thinks that we have done something wrong they should protest and we’re happy to go to court.”
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