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Wolff hits out at Ferrari... again

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19/07/2020

Having previously criticised Binotto for his continued claims that his team's problems this season are down to aero as opposed to the need to 'revise' its power unit following last year's investigation by the FIA, Toto Wolff has laid into the Italian and his team once again.

Speaking on Friday, while admitting that his team's problems are more than just an aero problem and are related to the power unit, Binotto suggested that last year's technical directives from the FIA which kick-started the investigation - and the team's subsequent decline - were aimed at all the manufacturers.

"There are areas of the regulation of the power unit where maybe clarifications are still required," said Binotto. "It's an ongoing process which has always existed in the past and will exist in the future.

"Since last year a lot of TDs have been released," he added. "Eventually clarifying some of the areas in the regulations.

"Through those TDs we had to adapt ourselves," he continued, before adding: "I don't think it's only the case of Ferrari, because looking at the power output of this season, many others, most of the manufacturers somehow had to adapt themselves. But certainly as Ferrari we had to adapt and as a simple output of that, we lost some of the performance we had.

"I think that obviously now we have more clearer situation of some areas of the regulation. Hopefully that will continue, if required for the future."

"Another complete bullshit story... technical directives," a clearly frustrated Wolff told reporters. "There's a clear regulation on power units... there have been clarifications in Austin, what is allowed to do or not, which were important, but nothing that was in any way surprising because if you comply to the regulations that was anyway clear.

"The irony of the story is that we were pushed by some of our competitors to absolutely new levels," he continued. "It brought us to almost burn-out last year, to develop and innovate in a way to be competitive on track.

"We made a substantial jump in performance from 2019 to 2020, because we needed to last year, and that is a little bit ironic for me."

Referring to Binotto's claim that Ferrari is ready - and eager even - to sign a new Concorde Agreement but that others are not, Wolff, who has admitted he would be happy to see the current agreement extended, said: "I don't know why some of the other teams made those ridiculous commentary, that they're ready to sign and that it seems to be some competitors that are not.

"They make themselves a laughing stock with those comments in the public," he added. "Negotiations should be taking place behind closed doors, without running commentary from competitors.

"And in that respect, we're talking to Liberty, we are keen in staying in F1. There are some clauses which bother us a little bit, but nothing that can't be solved."

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1. Posted by DRAGON F1, 21/07/2020 14:05

"Imho, with Jean Todt and FIA's help (as always), Ferrari got away with 'blatant' cheating in 2019, and also got to keep tens of millions of dollars in prize money to the detriment to all the other teams!!!

There is a clear conflict of interest with Jean Todt being previously the team principal of Ferrari for many many years, and I am extremely surprised and very disappointed that Mercedes, Red Bull, and all the non-Ferrari engined teams are no longer perusing this in the courts!!

In addition to their, imo, 'currupt' Secret Agreement on the legality of the Ferrari power unit in 2019, they are now openly 'cooperating' in studying and investigating all the other teams on all aspects within F1!!?
This should not be allowed, and all the other teams should try and stop this situation continuing asap by court action imo!!! "

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2. Posted by 4-Wheel Drifter, 19/07/2020 19:06

"Scruples? In racing?? Always the whining of losers. And Toto? If you think he is doing anything other than playing mind-games to get an edge, you must believe in the tooth fairy, too. In poker there are rules and bluffing is NOT forbidden. All's fair in racing as it is in love and war."

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3. Posted by Wokingchap, 19/07/2020 12:08

"Well done Toto. Ferrari were clearly cheating. They cheated before and will cheat in the future, with no scruples and seem almost proud about it ....imo."

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