Racing Point legality: Red Bull Boss Helmut Marko has its say on AlphaTauri ‘copying’ them if Racing Point is cleared of charges by FIA.
The Racing Point brake ducts controversy has been a dampener in their otherwise fabulous start to the season. As if one was not enough, Renault have filed a second protest against it to the FIA. A verdict on it is expected next month, with repercussions for all the teams competing in F1.
What do Red Bull make of the Racing Point ‘legality’?
Red Bull have a sister team (earlier junior team) in Formula One – Alpha Tauri. The latter has been the stepping to drivers to Red Bull, including Red Bull’s most accomplished Sebastian Vettel.
Naturally, there are suggestions that Red Bull could share car-related information to Alpha Tauri, if Racing Point are given the green light to continue to do so from Mercedes. Speaking to Kronen Zeitung, Red Bull boss Helmut Marko suggested they will definitely do it with AlphaTauri. He also expressed concerns about Racing Point’s pace, and how much it is derived from Mercedes, their engine supplier.
“I am concerned about the speed of Racing Point. Their vehicles are very similar to Mercedes and they can be very fast at Silverstone, where power is needed.”
Helmut Marko about (racing.point): “I don’t mind if I’m allowed to do that. Then we’ll do the same at AlphaTauri and save a lot of money”.
— إم-سبورتس (@Motosport0) July 29, 2020
“However, if the FIA confirms that such copying is allowed, I will have no problem with this. Because we will do the same with AlphaTauri and even save money by doing this. In such a situation, we will now see four Red Bull vehicles on the grid. Those who do not have a second team, namely Renault or McLaren, will have problems.”
Marko takes a hat to Mercedes
He also spoke highly about their main rival for the season, Mercedes. It’s another matter that the way Mercedes are performing, they don’t have a credible rival this season. To make things better for Mercedes, Marko concedes the German outfit will dominate at Silverstone too.
“I’m taking a hat to Mercedes. Now they are fast in all conditions. I’m afraid we won’t see major changes this weekend. But we have found the causes of the problems we are having, and we are actively working on aerodynamics to eliminate them. “