In the preview of 70th Anniversary Grand Prize of Formula 1, Lawrence Stroll, team owner Racing Point, released a letter in which he exposes his annoyance at the sanction his team received for copy the brakes of Mercedes de 400.00 euros of fine and 15 points less in the Constructors' Cup.
“I don't speak in public, however I am extremely angry at any suggestion that we have been dishonest or cheated. Particularly with comments that come from our competitors. I've never cheated on anything in my life. These accusations are completely unacceptable and are not true ”, the Canadian businessman explained.
“My integrity, and that of my team, is beyond question. Everyone at Racing Point was shocked and disappointed by the FIA's decision and we firmly uphold our innocence. This team, under various names, has competed in F.1 for over 30 years, and today employs 500 people. We have always been a builder and we will continue to be so in the future ”, Anadio.
“Throughout those 30 years, this team has never been a top team, hitting well above its weight with a fantastic group of people. Between 2016 and 2018, this was the fourth best team on the grid, operating on the smallest budget, and scoring podiums. Coming out of administration, with stability and a new investment, the competitiveness of this team should come as no surprise to anyone. The team can finally realize its potential and should be celebrated for its strong performance. ", Assured.
Regarding the case for which his team was sanctioned, he noted: "There was a lack of specific guidance or clarification from the FIA as to how that transition to listed parts could be managed within the spirit and intent of the regulations."
“The rules, as they are written, establish that after 2019 no more information on the design of brake ducts can be shared or acquired. At that time, what you know and have learned is your own information. From that moment on, you are on your own. What exactly we have done"He explained.
“So to clarify, there was no guidance from the FIA around the transition from unlisted to listed parts and Racing Point received in March 2020 a written confirmation from the FIA regarding our compliance on the matter. . This week I was also surprised to see that the FIA introduced a new grandfather clause, which has never existed before. ", He said.
Likewise, Stroll made references to the teams that consider the sanction to their team light. “Beyond the clear fact that Racing Point complied with technical regulations, I am appalled at the way in which Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams have taken this opportunity to appeal, and by doing so they tried to undermine our performances. They are dragging our name through the mud and I will not stand still or accept this. I intend to take all necessary steps to prove our innocence. "
Finally, he stated: “My team has worked tirelessly to deliver the competitive car that we have on the grid. I am really upset to see the lack of sportsmanship from our competitors. I understand that the situation the FIA finds itself in is difficult and complicated for many reasons, but I also respect and appreciate their efforts to try to find a solution in the best interest of the sport.