Mercedes broke rules in Racing Point’s case claims Red Bull’s chief Helmut Marko, while Toto Wolff declares his team’s innocence.
Helmut Marko has launched an attack on their rivals Mercedes over Racing Point’s controversy with Renault and Ferrari accusing the latter of malpractice.
Renault even went onto appeal against Racing Point for copying brake ducts and FIA upheld the appeal, penalizing the latter. Meanwhile, Mercedes has vouched for its innocence and has claimed will go to court if required.
Amidst all of this Red Bull has remained quiet and watched the show from the periphery, until now as Marko makes a statement over this sage blaming Mercedes for its involvement.
“It’s relatively normal, it’s part of this soap opera that is Formula 1,” he told Channel 4. “Off-track that appeal process has gone in, I don’t think there’s any chance in hell that it will end up in an appeal court.
“I think both teams are positioning and negotiating behind the scenes and the appeal is to effectively barter whether it’s between the teams or the FIA to get to a conclusion over what is and isn’t allowed and to keep all sides honest.
“I think ultimately, at the eleventh hour, miraculously a deal will be done that offers clarity.” While Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko also believes the German manufacturer might be culpable for the data they passed over.
“We expect clarification of what is allowed and what is not, without there being too many grey areas in the regulations,” he told SpeedWeek.
“What Racing Point did and what Mercedes did, that results in two perpetrators. I expect the FIA to define the terms before the next race. What is not understandable: Once a team is penalised, but is allowed to continue driving and is then warned at each race.
“It is clear to us: Copying as done by Racing Point is not permitted. Just as passing information on to competitors isn’t and there is evidence that Mercedes did that.
“The outcome of the proceedings is also decisive for the work between our Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri teams. “We did not join the protest because Ferrari and Renault were two major teams that were active anyway.”