Seven Formula 1 teams have released a joint statement expressing their shock and surprise at the handling of the Ferrari engine controversy in 2019. Ferrari came under the radar last season due to their straight-line speed. However, only last week, FIA (the governing body of Formula 1) revealed that they have reached a 'settlement' with the Italian team following a long-running analysis into their Ferrari engine 2019-spec power unit.
The details of the agreement between the FIA and Ferrari have been kept private. However, FIA stated that both parties agreed to 'a number of technical commitments'. This has caused some unrest and disbelief among the other Formula 1 teams. Seven out of the 10 have issued a threat to the handling of the Ferrari engine settlement from the FIA.
Ferrari's engine was easily the best in 2019. So much so that their drivers were often gaining half a second advantage over their closest rivals during their straight-line qualifying laps. Although Ferrari didn't manage to challenge for the title and finished 235 points behind champions Mercedes, other Formula 1 teams (including Mercedes) were particularly annoyed about how they were achieving that cryptic advantage. They never made any formal protests at the time. Ferrari denied anything inappropriate and inconvenient.
FIA released a statement that it had conducted an analysis of the Ferrari Power Unit and reached a settlement with the team.
Opaque statement from FIA: "After thorough technical investigations, the FIA has concluded its analysis of the operation of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit and reached a settlement with the team. The specifics of the agreement will remain between the parties."— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) February 28, 2020
Seven Formula 1 teams - Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Renault, Racing Point, Alpha Tauri and Williams - have released joint statements expressing their shock towards the FIA Ferrari engine settlement last week. The only two teams not to sign the statement apart from Ferrari are Haas and Alfa Romeo. It is so because they use Ferrari engines.