Alain Prost, non-executive director of the Renault F1 team, gave a more detailed account of Renault’s protest against Racing Point this year.
Renault F1 team first protested against Racing Point at the Styrian Grand Prix, pointing to the RP20’s brake ducts, which the French manufacturer considered to be a mere copy of last year’s Mercedes, which is prohibited by regulations.
After several weeks, the FIA finally gave its verdict on the case and sided with Renault by fining Racing Point 400,000 euros and taking away the 15 points scored at the Styrian Grand Prix.
However, despite the fact that the brake ducts were deemed illegal by the FIA, the governing body still allowed Racing Point to continue using them for the rest of the season, which is incomprehensible to the average fan.
In this context, four teams [McLaren, Ferrari, Renault and Williams] have announced their intention to appeal the FIA’s decision, while Racing Point will also appeal, but to try to obtain a lesser penalty.
Renault F1’s non-executive director Alain Prost explained on Saturday that Renault’s approach is primarily to try and hinder such a “drift” from becoming the norm in F1 in the future, which would be catastrophic for the manufacturer’s teams.
“The sanction, not everyone is very satisfied and even Racing Point has appealed, even they are not satisfied, so that’s a particular point. ” Alain Prost explains to the Canal + network.
“For us, the most important thing is to define what we want for the future of F1. Trying to hinder this possible shift, the FIA has clearly said that it is not legal, and what we don’t want is for us to consider that, as it is in the Concorde agreements, as it is in the sporting regulations, a team must be a constructor, that is to say that it must build.
“Outside the listed parts, and there they are outside the listed parts, at least for the rear brake ducts
” So there must not be a deviation where we end up with several Mercedes, several Red Bulls, etc… ”
“It’s not very consistent with the commitment of a car manufacturer who also has to do everything, you make the engines, you spend a lot of money on investment for the engines, you build everything, and then behind you can have collaborations to have fewer employees, but you get the same commercial rights.
“You see, there is still an imbalance here and I think the FIA is very aware of this risk of evolution and we have to go back to much simpler things. ”