In the coming seasons, Formula One is planning a number of measures to bunch up the field. To that end, there were concerns that this could raise tensions between teams over supplying engines, for fear of competition. However, Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer does not foresee that happening, especially not with Mercedes.
Earlier, Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul suggested that inter-team partnerships could suffer under the cost cap rules. He believes that the bigger teams will not be too eager to share resources.
Especially if it gives the customer teams a chance to potentially challenge them. Interestingly, Szafnauer noted that even if the Big 3 teams still rule the roost, the gap will shrink.
Szafnauer did warn that if big teams feel that if a customer makes significant gains in one area, they could withdraw support. He noted that teams always differ from each other in key areas and it allows them to gain an advantage over their rival.
The Racing Point boss noted that once teams adapt to the new regulations, they can figure out where they lie in the pecking order.
The soon-to-be Aston Martin team got involved in a minor controversy when its 2020 car resembled the 2019 Mercedes. Sowing the seeds of the whole debate around team partnerships.
On the subject of the Silverstone-based team, many dub them to be dark horses in the 2020 season. Considering their pre-season pace that was almost comparable to that of the big dogs, it would be a fatal mistake to write them off just yet.