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Racing Point and Renault Formula One teams at war over cheating claims – Wide World of Sports

How Ricciardo stands to gain from official protest

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A war of words has erupted between the Racing Point and Renault Formula One teams, following accusations of cheating at the Styrian Grand Prix.
Renault has protested the results of Sunday’s race, claiming the Racing Point is a copy of last year’s all-conquering Mercedes, which took Lewis Hamilton to the world title.
Stewards ruled the protest was admissible, with the sport’s governing body seizing the brake ducts on the Racing Point for comparison with the 2019 Mercedes.
If the Racing Point cars are excluded, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo would move from eighth place to sixth in the final results.
“BWT Racing Point F1 Team is extremely disappointed to see its results in the Styrian Grand Prix questioned by what it considers to be a misconceived and poorly informed protest,” the team said in a statement.
“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.
Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault leads Lance Stroll in the Racing Point during the Styrian Grand Prix. (Getty)
“Prior to the start of the season, the team co-operated with the FIA and satisfactorily addressed 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.”
While this is the first time a formal protest has been lodged, there’s been whispers for months over the similarities between the Racing Point and the 2019 Mercedes, to the extent the car was nicknamed the ‘Pink Mercedes’ earlier in the year.
Sergio Perez in the Racing Point. (Getty)
The sport’s rules set out a list of components that each team must design themselves, which includes the brake ducts. Mercedes already supplied Racing Point with its engine and gearbox.
Racing Point maintains it has simply copied the Mercedes design after studying photographs of last year’s car, and this was done without access to Mercedes design documents.
The case is likely to hinge on the internal design of the brake ducts, which would not be visible in photographs, and therefore any similarity would likely be the result of shared intellectual property.
The 2019 Mercedes, which Renault alleges shares intellectual property with the 2020 Racing Point. (AP)
Racing Point finished seventh in last year’s Constructors’ Championship, however after the Styrian Grand Prix, driver Lance Stroll said the team had taken a big step forward in 2020.
“I really believe today we had, debatably, the second quickest car, maybe third, but we were definitely quicker than Renault, McLaren and a lot of other of our competitors. So that was really positive,” Stroll told Sky Sports F1.
Stroll finished seventh on Sunday after retiring from the previous week’s race, while teammate Sergio Perez has finished sixth in both races so far this season. 
A date is yet to be set for the FIA to hear the protest.

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NRL Late Mail: Dragons rocked by COVID-19 breach; Bennett confirms Souths reshuffle – Fox Sports

St George Illawarra will be without forward Paul Vaughan after he

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South Sydney, meanwhile, will hand a second NRL game to Jack Johns, son of Matthew Johns.
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Lakers need a new starting lineup, Grizzlies are cooked among biggest takeaways from Wednesday’s NBA slate – CBS Sports

The Lakers have struggled with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope starting all year

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A week of NBA games are in the books from Orlando and bubble ball continues to go off without a hitch. Yet again on Wednesday, it was reported that the NBA has not had a single positive coronavirus test. Excused absences like Lou Williams have made it through their quarantines and are back on the floor. We’re already heading towards the home stretch when it comes to the seeding-game schedule, as teams like the Lakers and Celtics have already played through half of their slate. So what are the bi…

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EXCLUSIVE: The real reason Kyle Flanagan was dropped by Roosters – Wide World of Sports

Fittler reveals why rising star was dropped

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Roosters legend Brad Fittler has expressed scepticism at the reason Trent Robinson gave for omitting halfback Kyle Flanagan from his tonight’s clash against the Dragons.
Earlier this week Robinson didn’t name the former Sharks star to face St George Illawarra – the team Flanagan’s dad Shane is an assistant at – and instead called up Lachlan Lam to wear the No.7 jersey.
Later the Roosters coach told media he did not rest his half as it had been assumed by some NRL reporters.
But Fittler believ…

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