WMSC oppose F1 teams’ letter over Ferrari case

Date published: March 7 2020

World Motor Sport Council oppose open letter against FIA's private Ferrari settlement.

The World Motor Sport Council strongly oppose the open letter sent by seven Formula 1 teams against the FIA’s private settlement with Ferrari.

The FIA announced that it has reached a “settlement” with Ferrari following an investigation into their 2019 engine, but they did not confirm whether the settlement was because the Scuderia’s power unit was legal or if it wasn’t.

The news didn’t go down well with the non-Ferrari powered teams and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff brought all seven of them together to demand an explanation.

In an open letter sent to the FIA by Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Renault, Racing Point, AlphaTauri and Williams, they expressed a “shared commitment to pursue full and proper disclosure in this matter, to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and equally.

“In addition, we reserve our rights to seek legal redress, within the FIA’s due process and before the competent courts.”

The statement also noted that “an international sporting regulator has the responsibility to act with the highest standards of governance, integrity and transparency.”

The FIA would issue a response confirming that while they weren’t “fully satisfied” with Ferrari’s explanation, there wasn’t enough evidence to prove any wrongdoing.

As reported by Motorsport.com, the WMSC at their meeting in Geneva backed FIA president Jean Todt and put their opposition to the teams’ challenge on record.

It noted: “The Council expressed unanimous support for the FIA President and the FIA Technical Department in regard to the overall management of the case, and strongly opposed any comments that undermine the reputation and image of the FIA and the Formula One World Championship.”

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