Ferrari Facade Or Witch Hunt: What’s Going On With Maranello’s PU?
The Ferrari power unit has been the talk of the town lately with the FIA seemingly stumbling over its own feet. Since The 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, Ferrari has found a fair bit of pace from thin air. Charles Leclerc reaping the immediate benefits as he he went on a spree of pole grabbing laps which ultimately elevated him to top pole count by the end of the season.
But was it all legit?
The FIA have been issuing technical directives left and right with one of the more memorable lines coming from Verstappen after he too was astutely aware of what seemed to be favorability from the Todt and the FIA. He was commenting on the Ferrari’s drop off of their straight line advantage they’d had for so long:
“That’s what happens when you stop cheating.”
The latest news comes from the 7 teams who collectively expressed their frustration with the FIA and their decisions to keep the details of the arrangement Ferrari came to with Todt’s FIA classified.
The teams that remain on the other side of this and are cited in their March 4th letter regarding said incident are:
- McLaren Racing Limited
- Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited
- Racing Point UK Limited
- Red Bull Racing Limited
- Renault Sport Racing Limited
- Scuderia Alpha Tauri S.p.A.
- Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited
The only three teams that were not overly mentioned in the statement cited below are Ferrari, of course, and the two customer teams of Ferrari – Haas F1 and Alfa Romeo.
The group went on to add the following regarding the actions of the FIA:
“An international sporting regulator has the responsibility to act with the highest standards of governance, integrity and transparency”
The 7 teams against the FIA/Ferrari classifying of the PU decision
Below is the full response from the aforementioned 7 constructors who came out opposed to the official FIA decision to not share the results of the investigation.
Official Ferrari Power Unit Decision Response
7 Teams Opposing Official FIA Ruling On Ferrari’s PU
We, the undersigned teams, were surprised and shocked by the FIA’s statement of Friday 28 February regarding the conclusion of its investigation into the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit.
An international sporting regulator has the responsibility to act with the highest standards of governance, integrity and transparency.
After months of investigations that were undertaken by the FIA only following queries raised by other teams, we strongly object to the FIA reaching a confidential settlement agreement with Ferrari to conclude this matter.
Therefore, we hereby state publicly our shared commitment to pursue full and proper disclosure in this matter, to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and equally. We do so on behalf of the fans, the participants and the stakeholders of Formula One.
In addition, we reserve our rights to seek legal redress, within the FIA’s due process and before the competent courts.
McLaren Racing Limited
Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited
Racing Point UK Limited
Red Bull Racing Limited
Renault Sport Racing Limited
Scuderia Alpha Tauri S.p.A.
Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited
As this story develops, I will continue to add to the body of work.