FIA approves ban on Racing Point-style 'reverse engineering'
LONDON (Reuters) - The Formula 1 board of directors approved a ban on the type of "reverse engineering" on Friday that would allow the Racing Point team to compete this season with a car similar to last year's title winner Mercedes.
The FIA said its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has approved changes to the 2021 engineering regulations "that will prevent the extensive use of reverse engineering of competing designs to shape a car's aerodynamic surfaces."
Canadian-owned Racing Point caused controversy when its "Pink Mercedes" was unveiled.
The design sparked a protest from rival Renault. Racing Point imposed a fine of 400,000 euros on stewards and tied 15 points to copy the brake lines from Mercedes 2019.
The team was allowed to continue competing without having to redesign the defective parts.
An appeal by those who wanted harsher punishment and by Racing Point was rejected by all parties after the FIA issued a clarification.
"The collaboration between the FIA, Formula 1 and the teams has resulted in a number of actions ... which clarify the responsibilities of each championship participant in designing the components of a single-seater," Ferrari said at the time.
The WMSC also gave final approval to the new Concorde Agreement of Sport, which will govern sport for the next five years. All 10 teams had already agreed this with the commercial rights holders Liberty Media.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Toby Davis)
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