The RP20 was designed by the team led by technical director Andrew Green and chief designer Ian Hall based in many aspects on Mercedes W10 car of 2019 and was powered by Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance unit rebadged as BWT Mercedes. The car faced huge criticism due to its close resemblance to the Mercedes W10. Nicknamed the “Pink Mercedes” and “Tracing Point”, the Racing Point was penalized by the FIA by €400,000 fine and 15-point deduction from the Constructor’s Championship following formal protests against the legality of the RP20, suggesting its brake ducts (a part teams must design themselves) may be too similar to the Mercedes. The 15-point deduction was ultimately vital in their battle for third place in the Constructor’s championship. Although Racing Point scored the third-highest amount of points, the point deduction demoted them to fourth place behind McLaren. Anyway, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were serious contenders for podiums and even for occasional wins. Stroll took his first pole position at the Turkish Grand Prix after a wet qualifying session. The Canadian led the race for 32 of the 58 laps, but eventually fell to ninth place by the end of the race due to severe tire graining. Perez won first Grand Prix for Racing Point and for himself at the Sakhir Grand Prix, leading home a double-podium for Racing Point with Stroll getting third. Mexican driver occupied forth position in the final Driver’s standings, behind Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen.
|Sergio Perez||11||BWT Racing Point F1 Team|