Racing Point has hit out at Renault’s “misconceived and poorly informed protest” in the wake of Formula 1’s Styrian Grand Prix.
Racing Point finished sixth and seventh in Austria, with Sergio Perez ahead of Lance Stroll, as the team moved into fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Post-race the legality of its RP20s was protested by midfield rival Renault, and stewards deemed that the protest was admissible.
The front and rear brake ducts of the RP20s have been sealed and impounded by the FIA for further assessment and a hearing take place at a yet-to-be-confirmed date.
Renault’s protest relates to its suspicions that Racing Point is in breach of the regulations regarding the design of its RP20, which has drawn parallels to last year’s title-winning Mercedes W10.
Mercedes has also been ordered by the stewards to supply the relevant components from its W10 to allow a full investigation to take place.
Racing Point has never shied away from the fact that it used the W10 as inspiration for the design of its W10 but has maintained that no regulation has been broken.
“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,” read a statement issued by the team on Monday.
“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.
“Prior to the start of the season, the team cooperated with the FIA and satisfactorily addressed all questions regarding the origins of the designs of the RP20.
“The team is confident that the protest will be dismissed once it has presented its response.”