Racing Point slapped with huge points penalty after Renault lodge complaint over F1 rivals

Renault have won their appeal against Racing Point’s brake duct legality, with the latter being handed 15-point penalty along with a €400,000 fine. A hearing was held on Wednesday this week following Renault’s complaint.

The French team lodged protests about the Racing Point cars after the last three Grands Prix in Austria, Hungary and Britain.

Racing Point had remained adamant that they’re RP20 car design was operated inside the regulations and were confident the hearing would go their way.

But F1 stewards have upheld Renault’s protest, which comes as a huge blow to Racing Point.

The British racing team have been handed a 15-point penalty, which drops them below Renault through the opening four races.

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The decision was made to deduct 7.5 points per car for the use of the brake ducts in the Styrian Grand Prix.

And Racing Point have also been reprimanded for the Hungarian and British Grands Prix.

It means Racing Point now sit on just 27 points heading into the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

They were handed a blow last week at the British Grand Prix when Sergio Perez tested positive for coronavirus.

Niko Hulkenberg was brought in to take Perez’s seat and he managed to qualify 13th.

But the German driver was unable to start the race after a fault in his car’s power unit.

Perez won’t race this weekend though, meaning Hulkenberg will get another chance to show his talents on the track in an F1 car.

He raced for nine years in Formula One, with his final stint being with Renault.

But he was unable to find a seat for the 2020 season after being replaced by Esteban Ocon at Renault.

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