|Designer(s)||Andrew Green (Technical Director)|
Akio Haga (Design Director)
Ian Hall (Chief Designer)
Simon Phillips (Head of Aerodynamics)
Guru Johl (Chief Aerodynamicist)
|Predecessor||Racing Point RP19|
|Successor||Aston Martin AMR21 (as Aston Martin)|
|Engine||Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance (rebadged as BWT Mercedes) 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine limited to 15,000 RPM in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero (Dry/Slick) |
Pirelli Cinturato (Wet/Treaded)
|Notable entrants||BWT Racing Point Formula One Team|
|Debut||2020 Austrian Grand Prix|
|First win||2020 Sakhir Grand Prix|
|Last win||2020 Sakhir Grand Prix|
|Last event||2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
The Racing Point RP20 is a Formula One racing car designed and developed by the Racing Point F1 Team, to compete in the 2020 Formula One World Championship. It is the second car built by the team, and was the team's last car to be launched under the Racing Point name, as the team rebranded as Aston Martin for the 2021 Formula One World Championship. The RP20 was driven by Sergio Pérez, Lance Stroll, and Nico Hülkenberg.
The car was planned to make its competitive debut at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, but this was delayed when most of the races originally planned for 2020 were cancelled or postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RP20 made its debut at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. Stroll took the team's first and only pole position under the Racing Point name at the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, while Pérez secured his maiden race victory and the team's first and only win under the Racing Point name at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. The car faced criticism and was investigated due to its close resemblance to the Mercedes W10 run by Mercedes in 2019.
The car passed its crash test in January 2020, which was conducted at Cranfield Impact Centre in Bedfordshire, England, and allowed its homologation with the FIA. Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer described the car as an evolution of its previous contender, owing to the relative lack of change in the regulations for the 2020 season, and that the team had begun work on the car in July 2019, ahead of the mid-season summer break.
During 2020 Formula One pre-season testing the car was nicknamed the "Pink Mercedes" and the team "Tracing Point" due to RP20's apparent resemblance to the championship-winning Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ used by Mercedes during 2019. Racing Point's technical director Andrew Green stated that the car "shares some resemblances in some areas" but denied that there had been a transfer of designs between the teams. The design caused controversy amongst other teams, with McLaren CEO Zak Brown referring to the RP20 as "what appears to be last year's Mercedes" prior to the season opening Austrian Grand Prix.
After the Styrian Grand Prix, Renault lodged a formal protest against the legality of the RP20, suggesting its brake ducts (a part teams must design themselves) may be too similar to the Mercedes W10's. Brake ducts of the RP20 were impounded and stewards requested Mercedes provide brake ducts from the W10 for comparison. Renault also made an identical protest to the results of Hungarian Grand Prix regarding the RP20's legality. The same protest was repeated by Renault at Silverstone following the British Grand Prix. Ferrari submitted a request for clarification by the FIA on the same grounds as the Renault protest. The FIA upheld the Renault protests, fining Racing Point EUR400,000 and deducting 15 points from the Constructors' Championship. It stated that while the car complied with the technical regulations, the design process of the rear brake ducts constituted a breach of the sporting regulations. Because Racing Point had based the design of the part off of CAD drawings supplied by Mercedes, the FIA viewed Mercedes, not Racing Point, as the designers of the rear brake ducts. However, the design process of the front brake ducts was deemed legal, as the team had used a similar design in 2019, when teams were not required to design brake ducts themselves. The 15-point deduction was ultimately vital in their battle for third place in the Constructor's Championship. Although Racing Point scored the third-highest amount of points, the point deduction demoted them to fourth place behind McLaren.
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Pérez was forced to skip the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19 and he was replaced by Nico Hülkenberg, who failed to start after a power unit issue in the first race and scored six points with a 7th-place finish in the second.
|Year||Entrant||Power unit||Tyres||Driver name||Grands Prix||Points||WCC|
|2020||BWT Racing Point