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Racing Point RP20

Racing Point RP20
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CategoryFormula One
ConstructorRacing Point
Designer(s)Andrew Green (Technical Director)
Akio Haga (Design Director)
Ian Hall (Chief Designer)
Simon Phillips (Head of Aerodynamics)
Guru Johl (Chief Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorRacing Point RP19
SuccessorAston Martin AMR21 (as Aston Martin)
Technical specifications
EngineMercedes-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
FuelPetronas
LubricantsRavenol
TyresPirelli P Zero (Dry/Slick)
Pirelli Cinturato (Wet/Treaded)
Competition history
Notable entrantsBWT Racing Point Formula One Team
Notable drivers
Debut2020 Austrian Grand Prix
First win2020 Sakhir Grand Prix
Last win2020 Sakhir Grand Prix
Last event2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF.Laps
171410

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,[1] 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.[2] The RP20 was driven by Sergio Pérez, Lance Stroll, and Nico Hülkenberg.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.

Background

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.[6] 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.[7]

Pre-season criticism

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.[8] 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.[9]

Protests

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.[10] Brake ducts of the RP20 were impounded and stewards requested Mercedes provide brake ducts from the W10 for comparison.[11] Renault also made an identical protest to the results of Hungarian Grand Prix regarding the RP20's legality.[12] The same protest was repeated by Renault at Silverstone following the British Grand Prix.[13] Ferrari submitted a request for clarification by the FIA on the same grounds as the Renault protest.[14][15] The FIA upheld the Renault protests, fining Racing Point EUR400,000 and deducting 15 points from the Constructors' Championship.[16] 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.[17] 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.

Season summary

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.

Pérez won his first Grand Prix at the Sakhir Grand Prix, leading home a double-podium for Racing Point with Stroll getting third.[18]

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Power unit Tyres Driver name Grands Prix Points WCC
2020 BWT Racing Point
F1 Team
BWT Mercedes P AUT STY HUN GBR 70A ESP BEL ITA TUS RUS EIF POR EMI TUR BHR SKH ABU 195 4th
Sergio Pérez 6 6 7 WD 5 10 10 5 4 4 7 6 2 18dagger 1 Ret
Lance Stroll Ret 7 4 9 6 4 9 3 Ret Ret WD Ret 13 9P Ret 3 10
Nico Hülkenberg DNS 7 8
  • + Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as he had completed over 90% of the winner's race distance.

References

  1. ^ "Formula 1 - Racing Point to launch on 17 February". FormulaSpy. 22 January 2020. Archived from the original on 23 January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Silvestro, Brian (31 January 2020). "Racing Point F1 Team to Be Renamed Aston Martin Racing in 2021". Road & Track. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "F1 2020: The complete driver line-up". PlanetF1. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Coch, Mat (13 March 2020). "Confirmed: F1 cancelled at Australian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 10 April 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix postponed". Formula1.com. 13 March 2020. Archived from the original on 15 March 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ Delaney, Michael (6 January 2020). "Racing Point F1's 2020 contender passes crash test". F1i.com. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "New Racing Point car 'not a clean slate', launches 17 Feb". RACER. 22 January 2020. Archived from the original on 23 January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Racing Point defend RP20 similarities to the Mercedes W10". GPfans. Archived from the original on 2 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Parkes, Ian (24 June 2020). "McLaren worried by challenge from "what appears to be last year's Mercedes"". GPfans. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ George, Dhruv (12 July 2020). "Renault F1 Hit Back at Racing Point, File Official Complaint Over Legality of RP20". EssentiallySports. Archived from the original on 16 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "FIA impound Racing Point parts, hearing to come". Planet F1. 12 July 2020. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ Boxall-Legge, Jake (20 July 2020). "F1 news: Renault protests Racing Point again in Hungary". Motorsport.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "Renault lodges third protest against Racing Point". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "Ferrari enter into Racing Point copycat saga". PlanetF1. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "Ferrari requests Racing Point design clarification from FIA". The Race. 3 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "Racing Point deducted 15 points and fined heavily as Renault protest into car legality upheld". Formula1.com. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "F1 - Renault Protest Decision". Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "Sergio Perez takes sensational maiden win in Sakhir GP as tyre mix-up ruins Russell's charge". www.formula1.com. 6 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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