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Ferrari "opposed" FIA's bid to reveal result of engine enquiry

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09/04/2020

Other than the Grand Prix, the abandoning of the Melbourne weekend caused F1 fans to miss out on a couple of tasty rows away from the track.

Besides the threat of protests at the (t)Racing Point, there was the ongoing row over the FIA's (mis)handling of its investigation into Ferrari's 2019 engine and all that followed.

In the build-up to Melbourne there was talk of legal action by seven very unhappy teams, while the FIA, standing by its decision, stood firm in the face of a pitlane peasants revolt.

Rest assured however, that when the season does get underway, the 'rebel' teams will continue their quest for justice, and while Mercedes - seemingly on the instructions of Daimler-Benz has called it quits, Red Bull shows no sign of being fobbed off.

Talking to Autosport, FISA president, Jean Todt insists that the FIA wanted to make its findings public but was thwarted by Ferrari.

"If you ask me, I would love to be able to give all the details of the situation, but they opposed," said the Frenchman, and former Ferrari boss.

"So, they have been sanctioned but we cannot give the detail of the sanction," he added.

"Clearly we could have said nothing," he continued, "but we felt that it would have been wrong not to say that the Ferrari case had been discussed and that there had been a sanction."

With its various bonuses, its veto over the rules - including who should and should not be in charge at F1 - it really does appear that the Maranello outfit has free licence to do as it pleases.

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1. Posted by NorthBayGonzo, 14/04/2020 1:35

"A very expensive sport, w/ Ferrari upholding the abbreviation of "Ferrari Is All" for the FIA... Yet, if they don't figure out a path to green, they will drag the series under, and at this point, I have no confidence that they truly understand that, instead wishing to hang their future on selfish 'rights' from the past... "

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2. Posted by Pavlo, 12/04/2020 22:55

"@Bill Hopgood - as a Ferrari fan, I would absolutely expect McLaren back in 2007 etc. to oppose publishing technical details. Which in fact they did.
But I would expect FIA to make own decision, whether it's appropriate to show full technical details, part of them (as they did in 2007, or at least tried and failed), or none (as also happened numerous times). But to present it as a rule that applies to all, rather than such a shame."

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3. Posted by rtw1951, 11/04/2020 22:37

"So, Ferrari actually runs F1 and Todt is just their show pony. Is that it?"

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4. Posted by Wokingchap, 10/04/2020 17:58

"F1 without ferrari seems ever more appealing.
CHEATS."

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5. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 09/04/2020 20:28

"If you are a Ferrari fan, imagine your indignation if back in 2007 McLaren had struck such a deal or in 2003, Toyota.
I was going to say Renault in 2007 with having all that McLaren info but... at least the Renault deal wasn't a secret.
Time for Daimler Benz to "grow some" and remind the FIA that there is a bunch of teams out there that use MB PUs.
Then again, I wonder if Ferrari have said to Merc "we won't mention the Racing Point situation if you back off...""

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6. Posted by Fambank, 09/04/2020 17:47

"And of course, with that added bonus."

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7. Posted by alvarezh3, 09/04/2020 14:12

"FIA santioned, Ferrari Formula One Championship, presented to you by Liberty Media."

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