Renault lodge third F1 protest against Racing Point

Esteban Ocon Renault speaks with Lance Stroll Racing Point on the grid prior at the British Grand Prix. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Esteban Ocon Renault speaks with Lance Stroll Racing Point on the grid prior at the British Grand Prix. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

• Renault lodged a protest against Mercede-powered Racing Point for third consecutive race

• The French team drivers finished fourth and sixth in the British Grand Prix

• The protest questions the integrity and originality of the Racing Point cars

The Renault Formula 1 team on Sunday lodged an official protest against Racing Point for the third successive race following the British Grand Prix.

In a statement after Lewis Hamilton's record seventh home victory, in his McLaren, the British-based French team repeated their protest questioning the integrity and originality of their rivals' RP20 car.

"We confirm that Renault DP World F1 Team has submitted a request to the stewards of the event for clarification on the legality of the Racing Point RP20," said Renault in a statement.

"We have no further comment on this matter until the stewards have arrived at a decision."

In Sunday's race, Lance Stroll finished ninth in his Racing Point car, which is heavily modelled on last year's chanmpionship-winning Mercedes, while Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon came home fourth and sixth.

Nico Hulkenberg, drafted in as a late replacement for coronavirus victim Sergio Perez after he had tested positive on Thursday, was unable to start because his Racing Point car had a power-unit problem.

A decision from the sport's ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA), on the first two Renault protests is expected next week.

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