FIA responds to teams’ statement, expands on Ferrari findings

The FIA has today issued a response to the statement released by seven of the 10 Formula 1 teams yesterday, regarding an agreement made with Ferrari.

On the eve of pre-season testing, the FIA issued a statement confirming that after a thorough investigation they had agreed a private agreement with Ferrari, but no further details of this agreement were provided.

This statement took the Formula 1 paddock by surprise, and yesterday all the non-Ferrari powered teams issued a statement to say they were “shocked” by the FIA’s statement and that they could consider legal action in relation to the matter.

The FIA has now responded with their own statement stating that having investigated the Ferrari engine, they were unable to unequivocally prove that the Maranello-based team had fallen foul of the regulations, and as such, an “effective and dissuasive settlement agreement” was reached with the team.

A statement released by the FIA said: “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.

“The FIA will take all necessary action to protect the sport and its role and reputation as regulator of the FIA Formula One World Championship.”