Outrage and action over Ferrari’s secret settlement

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8 March 2020

Seven F1 Teams apply pressure to the FIA over secret Ferrari investigation.

“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”

“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.”

Signed: McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault, Alpha Tauri and Williams.

Both Haas and Alfa Romeo who use Ferrari engines, did not sign the letter.

The FIA has issued a response in the wake of a group statement made by seven Formula 1 teams, following last week’s announcement that the governing body had reached a settlement with Ferrari in regards to an investigation into the team’s engine carried out last year.

All seven non-Ferrari powered teams – namely McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault, AlphaTauri and Williams – had issued a joint communication revealing that they were “surprised and shocked” by the outcome of the FIA’s Ferrari investigation, which the FIA chose to not make public.

Reacting to the teams’ communique, a statement released today from the FIA explained the process by which the governing body had reached its decision.

“The FIA has conducted detailed technical analysis on the Scuderia Ferrari Power Unit as it is entitled to do for any competitor in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

“The extensive and thorough investigations undertaken during the 2019 season raised suspicions that the Scuderia Ferrari PU could be considered as not operating within the limits of the FIA regulations at all times.

“The Scuderia Ferrari firmly opposed the suspicions and reiterated that its PU always operated in compliance with the regulations. The FIA was not fully satisfied but decided that further action would not necessarily result in a conclusive case due to the complexity of the matter and the material impossibility to provide the unequivocal evidence of a breach.

“To avoid the negative consequences that a long litigation would entail especially in light of the uncertainty of the outcome of such litigations and in the best interest of the Championship and of its stakeholders, the FIA, in compliance with Article 4 (ii) of its Judicial and Disciplinary Rules (JDR), decided to enter into an effective and dissuasive settlement agreement with Ferrari to terminate the proceedings.”

“This type of agreement is a legal tool recognised as an essential component of any disciplinary system and is used by many public authorities and other sport federations in the handling of disputes.

“The confidentiality of the terms of the settlement agreement is provided for by Article 4 (vi) of the JDR.”

Source: F1