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Huge F1 cheat storm as stewards confiscate Racing Point car parts amid claims of illegally copying Mercedes designs

TO THE POINT

FORMULA ONE stewards have impounded parts of Racing Points' F1 car amid claims it is illegal.

A protest was launched by the Renault team after the Styrian GP as they claim the Silverstone-based team have copied Mercedes' designs from 2019.

F1's rules state there are a list of parts that teams have to produce themselves and cannot be shared between teams.

One of those items are brakes ducts that have been seized by the stewards pending a further investigation ahead of this weekend's Hungarian GP.

If they have been found to breach those rules, then Racing Point's results in the Styrian GP, a sixth and seventh place finish, could be expunged.

That would move Renault's Daniel Ricciardo up to fifth place.

On Monday morning, the Silverstone-based team firmly rejected any wrongdoing on their part.

A statement read: "[Racing Point are] extremely disappointed to see its results in the Styrian Grand Prix questioned by what it considers to be a misconceived and poorly informed protest.

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"Any and all suggestion of wrongdoing is firmly rejected and the team will take all steps necessary to ensure the correct application of the regulations to the facts.

"Prior to the start of the season, the team co-operated with the FIA and satisfactorily answered all questions regarding the origins of the designs of the RP20.

"The team is confident that the protest will be dismissed once it has presented its response."

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