Brown calls on Ferrari to release engine details

Date published: April 29 2020 - Michelle Foster

Zak Brown and Mattia Binotto

With Ferrari spouting ethical duty in its opposition over a reduced budget cap, Zak Brown has called on the Scuderia’s “ethics” to release details of its engine deal with the FIA.

Last year questions were raised about the legality of Ferrari’s power unit and whether it by passed FIA sensors.

This led to motorsport’s governing body issuing Technical Directives and also seizing engine components from Ferrari, one its customers and a non-Ferrari team.

However, months later the FIA still wasn’t sure exactly what was going on and entered a secret agreement with the Italian stable.

Rivals were furious and wrote to the FIA demanding details.

However, president Jean Todt says he couldn’t release any, putting the blame on Ferrari.

“If you ask me, I would love to be able to give all the details of the situation, but they [Ferrari] opposed,” explained the Frenchman.

“So, I mean, they have been sanctioned but we cannot give the detail of the sanction.”

Given that Ferrari was sanctioned that would imply that there was something untoward going on, and if that’s the case the punishment – at least according to Red Bull – should have been a loss of championship points or even disqualification.

The agreement didn’t earn Ferrari any friends in the paddock.

Neither has the Italian stable’s opposition to a reduced budget cap with team boss Mattia Binotto saying he has an “ethical duty” to protect his staff.

McLaren chief Brown reckons while Binotto is all about ethics, perhaps he should call upon those and release details about Ferrari’s FIA agreement.

Brown told “I’m all for having ethical duties.

“And, along the lines of ethics, I think it would be great if Mattia would share with us, as the FIA has volunteered to share, what the details were behind the secret agreement that they came to over the alleged breach of regulations around their engines.

“While we’re on the topic of ethics and transparency, I think that would be a good point and time well served.”

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