Renault protest: Racing Point the copy of Mercedes.
Renault believes that the front and rear brake ducts of the RP20 originate from a Mercedes design, which would not be allowed under the rules governing listed parts.
The FIA stewards accepted the protest, and the matter will now be investigated. Both teams, along with Mercedes, will be require to provide evidence.
“BWT Racing Point F1 Team is extremely disappointed to see its results in the Styrian Grand Prix questioned by what it considers to be a misconceived and poorly informed protest,” said Racing Point in a statement.
“Any and all suggestion of wrongdoing is firmly rejected and the team will take all steps necessary to ensure the correct application of the regulations to the facts.”
Ferrari, inside the nightmare.
“We have to understand the origin of the problem” – Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto told Sky Sport F1 microphones – “you can progress on your own if you understand at the base where the problem lies. It can be not only of a part of the car. It can also be of methodology or concept. It is right in this situation to be opened, observe everything and observe to find the right solution.”
No more words are needed, besides the driver management, Ferrari has to face very seriour technical problems.
Post – race, the drivers.
Firstly he didn’t really get past, he forced both of us off the track.
I’ll always be critical of myself and I should of closed the door but I don’t think he was ever making the move so I think it was desperate.
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
I tried but we are a bit too slow. I did what I could also when Valtteri passed me. I tried to make it a bit difficult, because he was anyway going to get by one lap later. But at least it was a bit fun because the race was boring.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
I was fighting two other cars, we were already three cars into Turn 3, and was very surprised because I went up the inside, and I wasn’t expecting Charles to try something.
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
I am disappointed in myself. I’m sorry but being sorry is not enough. Seb hasn’t got any faults today. I’ve let the team down after them working a whole week to bring the updates early. Too eager to gain those places in the first lap. I will learn from it.
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Race results. Our marks to the drivers.
C. Leclerc: Too praised last week by the media (in particular italian ones). It is young and this kind of mistakes can be taken into account. He dared too much, he got nothing. Final Mark: 4/10.
L. Hamilton: Impressive drive on Saturday where his Mercedes resembled a spaceship. The gap given to its competitors it’s the sign of his superior touch. Quite easy management of the race for a drive like him. Final Mark: 8/10
V. Bottas: The finnish driver “Woodman” cannot match Hamilton when his teammate shows his true form. The battle with Verstappen is the symptom that the decisive step for the championshipis still missing. He’s still at the top of the standings, for now. Final Mark: 7.5/10
Norris: For another time, he outperforms Carlos Sainz and ge the best point for Mclaren. One of the best drive during these two weeks in Austria. Final Mark: 7/10
S. Vettel: This time the Ferrari in Q3 it’s his. It’s a shame his race lasted only 3 turns. Final Mark: 6/10.
S. Perez: Great comeback from the 17th position on grid. An unfortunate contact breave him of the 4th place in race. The speed and consistent pace of his Racing Point is at the level of the best. Final Mark: 7.5/10.
M. Verstappen: Red Bull probably expected more from the home races in Austria. He gets the maximum from his car, also considering the gap with Albon. To fight for the championship, a further improvement of the car is needed. Final Mark: 7/10.