Ferrari says cost cap results delay shows “something not clear in there”

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Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the FIA’s delay of their budget cap analysis results is “certainly because there are discussions behind”.

The FIA has delayed the official results of their assessment of the 2021 financial data submitted by all Formula 1 teams until Monday.

With Red Bull rumoured to have breached the 2021 budget cap, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the delay clearly shows “something not clear in there“.

“It is interesting to see it is taking so long to issue it because it was due days ago,” Binotto said at the Japanese Grand Prix.

“Why we are simply waiting so long is certainly because there are discussions behind, which are giving truth to the fact that there are rumours and speculation about maybe teams having been in breach.

“I think it is simply confirming there are discussions because there is something not clear in there.”

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The Italian then reiterated that any breaches should be dealt with harshly.

“What is important for us is whatever the breach will be, if any breach, the penalty has to be significant because believe me, our car today, in Japan that tried to fight for the best position, is a car that has been developed maintaining and respecting what has been the budget cap itself.

“We know how much, even if it’s a minor breach, would have been implied in terms of performance.

“$5 million is just about half a second, even $1-2 million is one or two tenths, which is from being second on the grid or being on pole and having the fastest car. It is about 2021, 2021 is an advantage you gain over the following seasons.

“What I am expecting is full transparency and clarity on the discussions that we have had,” Binotto concluded.

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