Racing Point’s continued use of brake ducts “confusing” for fans

McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes Racing Point’s continued use of the brake ducts that they have been penalised for is “confusing for the fans”.

The Formula 1 regulations for this season stipulates that each team must design and manufacture their own brake ducts, but on the eve of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, Racing Point were found to have breached the regulations.

After protests made by Renault and a thorough investigation, the FIA deemed that the design of the rear brake ducts were not Racing Point’s and that the ‘principal’ designer was Mercedes.

As such, the team were docked 15 points in the constructors’ championship and a fine of 400,000 euros was also issued.

But, although the teams were found to have fallen foul of the sporting regulations, they were not deemed to have breached the technical regulations and as such, they are able to continue using the brake ducts this season, with the FIA confirming that a reprimand will be issued for each race they are used going forwards.

Although, Brown accepts the technicality of the regulations does allow Racing Point to continue to use their brake ducts, he believes that it is confusing for the fans.

Speaking about the decision in Friday’s FIA press conference, the McLaren CEO said: “My initial reactions are that Racing Point has been found guilty and I am concerned that they still have those… what were deemed illegal in Austria on the race car now.

“I think that is confusing for the fans, how something that is not legal in Austria is still on the car.”

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Brown has also question the legality of the rest of the Racing Point RP20, with it striking such a resemblance to last year’s Mercedes, and believes this issue is just the tip of the iceberg.

“Around this whole copying, obviously they claimed that they had coped the car via photography.” he added.

“It’s clear from reading the document that is BS and therefore you have to question anything else around that car.

“I think this is, potentially, the top of the iceberg, the starting point of looking at what’s happened here, because I don’t think it’s healthy for the sport.

“The constructor gets the penalty, but the drivers don’t.

“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 driver drivers are fighting for the Drivers’ Championship.

“So, I think it’s thrown up a lot more questions than answers and there’s new evidence that we’ve now been able to see and it’s something we are going to review quickly and understand the appeal process and whether that’s something that we potentially want to participate in.”