“Take us to court”- Toto Wolff guarantees Mercedes’ innocence after Racing Point was penalized, denies any involvement of Mercedes.
Toto Wolff has claimed that his side Mercedes is innocent amidst Racing Point’s breach of regulations while designing their 2020 season car, which incorporates elements from 2019 Mercedes F1 car.
While speaking on it Wolff has said that Mercedes would be glad to go to the court if the need arises. He also stated that his rival teams can protest if they are suspicious of any malpractice.
🗣”It’s an interpretation of a regulation that doesn’t exist.”
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“We have not been protested,” said Wolff. “We have done nothing wrong. I strongly believe that Racing Point has not done anything wrong.
“I believe that if this goes to the International Court of Appeal, the lawyers and the barristers have a strong opinion that this is a case that has very, very solid pillars.
“Therefore, everybody’s in a good place about that. We have not been protested,” said Wolff. “We have done nothing wrong. I strongly believe that Racing Point has done nothing wrong.”
“I believe that if this goes to the International Court of Appeal, the lawyers and the barristers have a strong opinion that this is a case that has very, very solid pillars. Therefore, everybody’s in a good place about that.”
Racing Point vying for innocence
Racing Point was docked of 15 constructors’ championship points and fined €400,000 after Renault’s appeal was upheld by the FIA. In response, 5 teams protested against the judgement.
Racing Point being one of them protested for its innocence, while Ferrari, Williams, McLaren and Renault advocated for a stricter penalty. On Sunday, before the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Lance Stroll attacked the above rival teams.
On the other hand, stewards summoned Racing Point for using main ducts and later left them on a reprimand. Meanwhile, even Wolff claims that his business associate in Lawrence Stroll will do anything in his power to project Racing Point’s innocence.
“Lawrence is somebody that doesn’t take any prisoners and the legal opinion is clearly that this is a 99.9% case that he will win in the ICA and there was not one millimetre that the team – and also in our opinion – that Racing Point did wrong,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1.
“It’s a complex matter and some regulations were interpreted in a certain way – this famous grandfather rule came up, which I haven’t heard [of] before, and maybe it’s something you need to understand that this is the intention.
“Fair credit to the FIA, they have complex problems to solve and this is another one but Lawrence is going to go all in and if he is being dragged to the ICA, he will deploy all the resources he has and bring this to a positive end for him.”