Yesterday seven Formula 1 teams announced their “displeasure” with the FIA’s “confidential settlement” with Ferrari over the investigation into the Italian team’s 2019 power unit. The initiative to do so was reportedly started by Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, who gave his comments on the issue.
“The whole thing is a huge mess,” Wolff told Der Spiegel.
“What Ferrari did was not ok, but even worse is how the FIA handled it. All other teams are upset.”
One of the other teams in question is Red Bull, who finished behind Ferrari in the 2019 Constructors’ Championship. Red Bull’s advisor Dr Helmut Marko says it’s not just about the championship position, but also the money that goes with it.
“It is a double digit million amount less for finishing third instead of second,” Marko told Auto Bild.
“It’s not just the distribution, but it’s in our sponsorship contracts as well. If they really cheated, 10 or 20 million would be far too cheap.
“The behaviour of the FIA is the real scandal.
“We should actually have instructed Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner to sue for $24 million in prize money that we would have been awarded for second place in the constructors’ championship if Ferrari had been punished accordingly.”