Renault has lodged its third consecutive protest against Racing Point’s Formula 1 cars following the British Grand Prix.

After similar protests following the Styrian and Hungarian Grand Prix, Renault has protested against the Silverstone-based outfit for the third race in a row at the British Grand Prix.

Lance Stroll was the only Racing Point driver to take the chequered flag at Silverstone after Nico Hulkenberg’s RP20 failed to take the start, meaning the protest is only related to the Canadian’s car on this occasion. 

Stroll finished the British Grand Prix in ninth place, behind both Renault cars as Daniel Ricciardo took fourth and teammate Esteban Ocon claimed sixth. 

Like the previous three protests, Renault’s latest appeal concerns Racing Point’s debated brake ducts.

Earlier in the weekend, Racing Point technical director Andrew Green insisted the reason there is similarity between the brake ducts of Racing Point’s RP20 and last year’s Mercedes is down to the fact his team bought brake ducts from the reigning world champions in 2019, which was legal at the time.

Brake ducts have since been added to the ‘listed parts’ regulations that require teams to design themselves for this season. The rule change for 2020 has ultimately influenced Renault’s protests in Austria, Hungary and Great Britain.

“I think it’s very strong,” said Green.

“Some documents went to the FIA at the weekend and then other things went to the stewards a couple of days ago.

“The lawyers have been working on it intensely over the last week or so. We think that it should be dismissed.

“I think the regulations are quite clear and we’ve made that case quite clear how the regulations are.

“And we can see that we’ve done everything within the regulations. So we don’t think there’s a case to answer.”

 

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