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Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff
Wolff joined Mercedes in 2013, having beforehand been govt director at Williams

Team principal Toto Wolff has challenged rivals to protest in the event that they consider Mercedes have damaged the foundations within the Racing Point ‘copying’ row.

Racing Point have been docked 15 factors and fined 400,000 euros for illegally copying Mercedes’ brake ducts.

Rivals have questioned whether or not Mercedes absolutely complied with guidelines that forbid the sharing of key components.

Wolff mentioned: “If someone thinks we have done something wrong, they should protest. We are happy to go to court.”

Wolff mentioned he believed each his group and Racing Point had absolutely complied with the foundations.

“We have not been protested,” he mentioned. “We have executed nothing flawed; I strongly consider Racing Point have executed nothing flawed.

“I consider if it goes to the worldwide courtroom of attraction, the attorneys have a powerful opinion that this can be a case that has very strong pillars and due to this fact all people’s in a great place about that.

“Our reputation is important but it is intact.”

Racing Point have lodged an intention to attraction in opposition to the decision, as have 4 of their rivals, Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and Williams.

Racing Point hope to clear their identify, whereas the 4 different groups are looking for to make clear points that come up from the ruling.

Racing Point’s punishment was primarily based on the stewards’ perception that that they had damaged a rule that claims groups should design sure key components of the automobile, referred to as ‘listed components’, themselves.

Brake ducts, which play an essential function within the aerodynamics of Formula 1 automobiles, had been added to this checklist of efficiency differentiators for this season.

Racing Point had been legally provided with the design particulars of Mercedes’ 2019 brake ducts final 12 months, however the stewards penalised them on the idea that they weren’t allowed to make use of the identical design this 12 months.

Stewards likened Racing Point’s design course of to “using tracing paper to copy a shape/drawing”.

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer mentioned the stewards had been “wrong in that assessment”.

Among the factors of rivalry for rivals groups are that the rule altering the standing of listed components for 2020 was sanctioned by governing physique the FIA in April final 12 months, but Mercedes stored supplying the information after that; and that Mercedes provided Racing Point with a set of brake ducts in January this 12 months, after the rule on their standing had come into power.

The FIA ruling mentioned giving the brake ducts to Racing Point in January this 12 months “did not constitute a breach of the regulations worthy of censure as the parts in question were not used and did not expand the information that had previously passed from Mercedes to Racing Point quite legitimately”.

But Red Bull group principal Christian Horner mentioned: “I am sure those questions will get asked, because if the team in question are guilty of receiving, surely the team that has provided has been also in breach of the regulations. But that is something for the FIA to deal with.”

Wolff mentioned: “The rule came in place for the 2020 season. So you were allowed to supply drawings and data in 2018 and 2019; it was permitted.”

He added that it was not Mercedes’ accountability to verify how Racing Point used components it had been legitimately provided.

“I don’t know what we should think what Racing Point does,” Wolff mentioned, “but I think even using them on the 2020 car was not something that was regulated.”

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