Seven Formula One teams have signed a strongly-worded letter regarding the secrecy of the FIA’s investigation into Ferrari’s 2019 power unit after a “secret settlement” was reached.
Ferrari were subjected to complaints from rival teams over the legality of their fuel flow sensor, having possessed a significant speed advantage over the Mercedes, Renault and Honda power units last season, though the results of the FIA’s investigation were not published last week.
The news emerged at the end of the pre-season test in Barcelona, with the secrecy of the settlement infuriating the rest of the paddock, and all seven teams who do not use Ferrari power units have signed a joint-letter to the FIA expressing their anger at the situation.
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Neither Haas or Alfa Romeo Sauber signed the letter, given they are current customers of Ferrari power units.
The letter, released on Wednesday morning, read: “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.”