Last season, Racing Point made quite a significant performance leap, but only at the expense of its reputation. According to most teams in the paddock, it was a carbon copy of the Mercedes 2019 F1 car. Racing Point’s competitors infamously dubbed it the Pink Mercedes at the 2020 pre-season testing.
But it did not end there; teams like McLaren, Ferrari, and Renault lodged complaints, stating that they had exploited a gray area in the regulations. Subsequently, the FIA fined Racing Point 400,000 euros besides deducting 15 Constructor’s Points for illegally copying Mercedes’ brake ducts.
But with small manufacturers still collaborating with large teams, can a controversy like this arise again? With Racing Point, now Aston Martin, could we see the dawn of the ‘Green Mercedes‘?
“No, there will be no further discussions, the clarifications on the subject are explicit,” assured the incumbent F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
“The controversies are part of the history of F1. I expect the referee to silence past quarrels and suspicions. Transparency. Any gray area is extinct. I see an authentic will in this sense”
Stefano Domenicali speaks on Mercedes’ rivals Ferrari
For those who were fans of Ferrari during the golden era of Michael Schumacher, Stefano Domenicali is not an unknown entity. He rose to become the President of the Italian outfit at one point.
But the team is a shadow of its former glorious self. It just emerged out of its worst season in the last 40 years.
So, what does the new F1 CEO has to say about his former employers?
“I see a company that is looking for stability and must ensure competitiveness. I have nothing to advise my friend Mattia Binotto about. At Ferrari, it’s about staying focused on priorities without being distracted by the enormous pressure that surrounds you.”
Even as neutrals, we all hope so too. Formula 1 needs them to maintain a competitive level to keep the popularity of the sport at a good level. As for Stefano, we hope he keeps a fair watch over the operations of all the teams.