Last week, the FIA released a statement which… errm… stated that it had concluded its investigation into Ferrari’s suspiciously strong power unit – but that nobody was going to reveal exactly what had been discovered.
McLaren, Mercedes, AlphaTauri, Renault, Williams, Racing Point, and Red Bull aren’t too happy with the secrecy of that decision (hardly surprising, really) and have now got together to make a public statement of their own.
“We, the undersigned teams, were surprised and shocked by the FIA’s statement of Friday 28 February regarding the conclusion of its investigation into the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit.”
“An international sporting regulator has the responsibility to act with the highest standards of governance, integrity and transparency.
“After months of investigations that were undertaken by the FIA only following queries raised by other teams, we strongly object to the FIA reaching a confidential settlement agreement with Ferrari to conclude this matter.
“Therefore, we hereby state publicly our shared commitment to pursue full and proper disclosure in this matter, to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and equally. We do so on behalf of the fans, the participants and the stakeholders of Formula 1.
“In addition, we reserve our rights to seek legal redress, within the FIA’s due process and before the competent courts.”
Races being cancelled or threatened due to coronavirus, Mercedes dropping the bombshell of DAS, and now the threat of legal action. F1 in 2020 is already incredibly dramatic – and we haven’t even turned a wheel in anger yet.