Team boss Otmar Szafnauer reacted in astonishment on Friday to the penalty imposed by the FIA Racing Point. The racing stable was fined 400,000 euros and deducted fifteen points in the constructors' championship.
"We went through the sporting regulations and there is no specific mention anywhere that what we have done is not allowed," says Szafnauer on the Formula 1 website. "Other teams have done the same before or maybe even worse. It's a bit mind blow."
The FIA imposed the sentence after three protests from Renault about the brake cooling of Racing Point. That part is said to have been illegally copied from last year's Mercedes champion car.
Racing Point does not have to replace the part in question and can continue to drive the same car for the rest of the year. "The good news is that the car is completely legal," said Szafnauer.
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'We worked in full transparency'
Racing Point still has the possibility to appeal against the penalty. "We are currently working on processing the ruling. We do have some questions that we want the FIA to answer," said the US team boss.
"It is disappointing, because we thought we were acting within the rules and doing absolutely nothing wrong," said Szafnauer. "In March, we invited the FIA to see everything, we worked in full transparency."
"Then they wrote to us that the car fully met the requirements. Therefore I feel that the punishment is unfair. But there are always two sides to a case, I think. The FIA is the referee on this matter. Nevertheless, we will discuss internally what we will do with this. "
Racing Point uses Nico Hülkenberg again this weekend at the GP of the seventieth anniversary of Formula 1 at Silverstone. He replaces Sergio Pérez, who once again tested positive for the corona virus.
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