Racing Point face battle with half of the Formula One grid as Williams join Ferrari, McLaren and Renault in planning to challenge their punishment for copying elements of last year’s Mercedes… but British team WILL fight back and appeal

Half of the Formula One grid are set to challenge Racing Point’s punishment in the sport’s latest ‘cheat’ row. Racing Point had been fined £361,000 and docked 15 points by the FIA on Friday. Racing Point have also confirmed they will challenge the decision, calling their punishment ‘bewildering’. A 14-page dossier issued in the wake of the FIA’s investigation into the legality of this year’s Racing Point, revealed that Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team had supplied a complete set of last year’s brake ducts to Racing Point on January 6. Racing Point were accused of copying elements of last year’s Mercedes that raced to the title. However, the FIA found Racing Point guilty of copying the Mercedes parts. Rival teams are now keen to understand if there could be other parts of the Racing Point which are identical to last year’s Mercedes. Racing Point, whose performances have greatly improved this season, had previously claimed that their car was designed simply on photographs of the Mercedes.

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