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News Racing Point: budget limit will not harm relationship with Mercedes

18:40  29 june  2020
18:40  29 june  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Racing Point setzt auch künftig auf die technische Partnerschaft mit Mercedes © Motorsport Images Racing Point will continue to rely on the technical partnership with Mercedes

If the budget limit in Formula 1 comes into effect from 2021, the gap between the top and middle field teams should gradually increase conclude. Cyril Abiteboul of Renault recently suggested that could test the technical partnerships between the teams. But Otmar Szafnauer doesn't believe that.

The team boss at Racing Point assumes that the top teams will still have a head start if the gap closes slowly, so that it will not be a problem for them to deliver technology to their partners.

"I still think that the big teams will have an advantage, even in 2022. They won't wake up, hit their heads and forget how to develop a fast racing car. That just won't happen," explains Szafnauer in Talk to 'Motorsport-Total.com'.

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  How F1 teams have to adapt to COVID-19 garage protocols Racing Point Formula 1 technical director Andrew Green says routine pit garage jobs will take longer as a result of the new restrictions during race weekends. © Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP19, and Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP19, in the garage Lance Stroll gave the RP20 a run in what was officially a 100kms promotional event, but the team also took the opportunity to prepare for the start of the season by trialling the social distancing and PPE requirements that are now mandated by the FIA for race weekends.

And further: "It is not just about having the right tools, but also about having the right people. And they have had the right people for a long time, which is why they are where they are. They will not be easy to forget."

Szafnauer maintains that the "well-to-do big" people have usually been able to do a better job in the past, especially when it comes to extensive technical changes, as Formula 1 decided for 2022. "I still think this will be the same trend."

Your browser does not support this video "Maybe the difference will not be that big and we will be able to catch up more easily. But I still believe that the guys with the bigger resources and the better knowledge end up doing the better work will afford. " He therefore sees no technical support from a partner in danger.

Racing Point conducts first 2020 F1 car run since winter testing

  Racing Point conducts first 2020 F1 car run since winter testing Racing Point became the first team to run a 2020 Formula 1 car since the COVID-19 crisis began when Lance Stroll undertook a promotional event day at Silverstone’s National circuit on Wednesday. © Racing Point Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP20 It was the first time that any team’s 2020 car has run on a race circuit since pre-season Barcelona testing. The day was one of two each team is allowed to conduct, albeit only up to 100km of running on special Pirelli demo tyres.

Unless it's a unique selling point that you don't want to share with anyone. "For example, if it is the fact that you have a big advantage in building your own gearbox, I see

Mercedes saying: 'You know what, you can build your own gearbox, I don't want my gearbox with you share. '"

Szafnauer, however, does not assume that just the fact that a field is moving closer together will have the same effect. "I can't imagine someone saying that I don't want to give you access to my wind tunnel or to sell you my gearbox," said the Racing Point team boss.

The team based in Silverstone purchases the complete drive train including the transmission from Mercedes and uses their wind tunnel in Brackley. Because of the similarity to the world champion car of the previous year, the RP20 is also considered a "pink Mercedes".

speculation: will Andy Cowell switch from Mercedes to Aston Martin? .
© Motorsport Images Andy Cowell (right) is one of the fathers of Mercedes' success since 2014 Farewell to Andy Cowell as Managing Director at Mercedes -AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) in Brixworth, where Formula 1 -Engines built for the Mercedes team obviously do not necessarily mean that the successful engineer will migrate to a competing company.

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