Racing Point’s RP 20 sends shivers across McLaren and the rest of the paddock with their impressive performances in pre-season testing. Having finished seventh in the Constructor’s Championships in both 2018 and 2019, Racing Point will definitely look to improve upon their position. But is their rise legal?
Racing Point’s remarkable pre-season run astonished many across the paddock. However, as many would expect, the astonishment also brought across disbelief and doubt in the paddock. Multiple teams and even drivers raised questions about the design of Racing Point’s 2020 car, the RP20, as it had several similarities with Mercedes’ W10.
Despite these critical remarks, Racing Point was unmoved and stated that rival teams had nothing to complain about as they were just upset that they could not match the improvements made by Racing Point this season.
Highlights! Allegations of plagiarism mar Racing Point RP20 excitement
- McLaren is unhappy with Racing Point RP20 and claim design is copied from Mercedes W10
- Racing Point RP20 was inspired by Mercedes W10 but the design is different
McLaren Most Dissatisfied, Takes A Dig At Racing Point RP20
McLaren seemed most dissatisfied with the RP20; one of their drivers also referred to it as the “Pink Mercedes”. Andreas Seidl, McLaren’s team principal, cleverly took a dig at Racing Point. Seidl said, “I assume that everything that is happening there is legal and allowed by the regulation, so there’s no point to complain about it.”
He added that “It doesn’t matter if you have a cooperation with other teams – which is okay and is also allowed by the regulations on certain topics – but when it comes down to the things like monocoque, aerodynamics and so on, where you’re clearly not allowed to work together. It is important for me this is properly policed from ’21 onwards.”
Likewise, McLaren’s driver, Lando Norris, did not hesitate either to take a jab at the “Pink Mercedes.” Lando said, “I don’t know what the midfield is anymore, because there’s one pink car which is very fast. Although he stated that he did not “want to comment too much,” he yet added, “It [the Racing Point] looks like a Mercedes for sure.”
Ferrari Boss Mattia Binotto Weighs In
Similarly, Ferrari did not hesitate to give their comments either. Ferrari’s team principal, Mattia Binotto, said, “I think it is not surprising if you look at the shape of their car,” Because the RP 20’s design is so similar to the Mercedes AMG Petronas’ W10 which won the title last season, several teams seem to have taken a dig at what has now come to be known as the “Pink Mercedes” team.
Racing Point Technical Director Unbothered
In response to the rival team critics, although Racing Point’s Technical Director, Andrew Green, stated that the Racing Point RP 20 was inspired by Mercedes’ W10, he was assertive that the RP20 was their design and that rival teams were jealous that they could not match up. Green said that other teams “have not stepped up to the plate.” He added, “I think [complaints from other teams] boil down to the fact that some of the teams may not have done as good a job as they should have done, and I think we’re probably seeing that.”
Whether Racing Point has found loopholes in the rules and regulations made by the FIA or if rival teams are jealous because of their inability to match Racing Point’s impressive pre-season performances, only an investigation by the FIA would make this clear. Nonetheless, one cannot deny the similarity of Mercedes’ W10 to the Racing Point’s RP20. The primary issue is whether Mercedes provided information within the limits to Racing Point.