Raleigh wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:51 am
Okay, to clear up some points since not everyone seems to fully understand what is going on between the RP20 and Mercedes...
Racing Point are buying named components directly from Mercedes as is allowed under the rules. This means the suspension, brake ducts and gearbox are supplied by Mercedes from the same parts used on the W10. Not similar, identical.
You can be sure, every single component Lawrence Stroll is allowed to buy directly from Mercedes he is doing so.
Bodywork and aero are not allowed to be shared between teams, even in the form of technical diagrams that the other team then builds independently. However, as can be seen the bodywork and aero of the RP20 is almost cloned from the W10, which leads me to believe Mercedes have found a legal way to let Racing Point copy their aero as closely as possible.
For example, very high resolution projected computer images of the car (think press release images but much more detailed) would allow Racing Point to work out exact dimensions and position of each piece of bodywork, and yet these images wouldn't count as illegally sharing data because it's just a picture of the car.
But brake ducts are listed parts so they HAVE to be designed by themselves. I guess you can argue that anything can be copied by photos etc. But this is really pushing the boundaries of that (brake ducts I mean)... If FIA doesn't come down on this, then we could just scratch the rule all together. However, if all teams would copy last season's winner in non-changing regulation years', then we'd have three top teams and the others closely behind. So maybe that's the way we have to go.
"Brake ducts are now ‘Listed Parts’
The air ducts used to cool the brakes are now categorised as ‘Listed Parts’, meaning they’ll need to be designed by the teams themselves, rather than bought in from another company or team. Other Listed Parts include: the car’s bodywork, roll structures, front impact structures and the survival cell." https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/arti ... ntN64.html