FIA Statement Response – All The Details
The 2020 Formula 1 season hasn’t officially begun but there’s a lot of drama already.
A few days ago, seven Formula 1 teams issued a joint statement following the FIA’s settlement with Ferrari, in regards to an investigation which was carried out last year.
(Seven Teams – Mercedes, McLaren, Racing Point, Renault, Red Bull RAcing, Alpha Tauri and Williams)
In the statement, which you’ll be able to see further below, the teams said that they were “surprised” and “shocked” by the FIA as the outcome of the investigation was not made public.
Today, the FIA have replied with a statement of their own – explaining the process and reasoning for the decision.
Seven Team Statement
“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 One.”
“In addition, we reserve our rights to seek legal redress, within the FIA’s due process and before the competent courts.”
FIA Statement Response – Issued Today
“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.”
So, what happens now?
Of course, the teams won’t be happy as the FIA have made it clear that things will remain confidential. The teams on the other hand are looking for transparency and as things stand, this will continue to be a major talking point in the paddock (and studios) around the world as the teams will be arriving in Melbourne next week….