dans79 wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:33 am
GPR-A wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:22 pm
Why would anything would come out?
Because in a real civil case, Ferrari isn't going to get any kind of preferential treatment like they due with the FIA. Not to mention in a civil case the burden of proof isn't nearly as high.
A prime example that comes to mind is O.J., he won his criminal trial but lost the civil one.
You first need to get out this mindset that FIA continues to have a soft spot for Ferrari as it used to be 20 years back in Max Mosley/Bernie period. You first need to differentiate baseless allegations that the other teams are making which is a case of reputation damage Vs Ferrari's alleged rules breach situation.
When FIA says they don't know how to catch Ferrari's clever trick and they are also in a fix that they cannot reveal what they have found to other teams due to confidentiality agreement, the other teams' can't force Ferrari show their hand in a court either, if the case is Ferrari's alleged rules breach!
Like any proprietary/patent/confidential/trade trick cases, even if the Ferrari are investigated, it would be in isolation and behind closed doors, just like FIA did. Teams accusing Ferrari and FIA can submit their claims to the court and court potentially can take another independent authority to validate the accusation and investigate Ferrari's engine itself, in isolation. When FIA, the folks who wrote the rules and having experts in their ranks who couldn't clearly point a finger on the rules breach, what else would an independent authority would do?
All that the the public and the other teams are going to hear, is a decision by the court based on the investigations of that independent authority. Teams will not stand in front of Ferrari's engine and say, "Oh I got what they are doing". That's not going to happen. Court's have a responsibility to maintain confidentiality of the trade secrets of Ferrari. That is non negotiable.
Once that is done, Ferrari clearly stands to win the reputation damage case, if they put one, as there was no grounds for the teams to accuse them!