TAG wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:45 pm
jumpingfish wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:19 am
Todt said twice in an interview that he said: give a protest against Ferrari, but neither Mercedes nor Red Bull did so. If Mercedes had 100% reliable information about what Ferrari did, but no protest was filed, this can only mean: or they don't know what exatly was in that engine-2019, or this information was obtained from someone who worked in Ferrari. Having filed a protest, they will immediately receive a retaliatory lawsuit about industrial espionage or something like this with huge losses of both money and reputation. What could Elkann tell the head of the concern Daimler that Toto Wolff was forced to abandon claims to the Ferrari engine and Mercedes as a result stepped aside?
Mercedes gets nothing for protesting. They won the championship despite the Ferrari (whatever they did) so why protest especially if the feel that a solution to whatever Ferrari was doing is addressed by the new (additional) encrypted sensor. For them to protest would cost them money and gain them nothing since in all likelihood they already feel order has been restored.
If Mercedes won nothing from Ferrari’s punishment, then why were they the “leaders of the gang of seven”? This did not happen in 2019, when it was not clear whether technical directives had limited the speed of the SF90 or not. This happened after the tests, when Binotto said that the SF1000 did not have speed on straight lines. According to you, Mercedes had no need to organize written requests and lead the remaining 6 teams bombing with letters to the FIA and Todt.
I think Wolff (Mercedes) had several reasons to put pressure on Ferrari, even if they won both championships. This is either a fear that Ferrari’s engine will retain an advantage for the period 2020-2024, or Toto’s personal revenge because his possible FIA / Liberty candidacy could be blocked by the Italian veto, or pressure on Ferrari to weaken the Italians’s position on making decisions on technical regulations / veto / prize payments.
Ok, if we do not know the exact reasons why Mercedes was the initiator of requests to the FIA after the agreement, then why did Red Bull not protest when Todt asked for it? After all, it was Red Bull (Verstappen) who announced the cheating and Marko threatened with protests, and Horner calculated how many millions could get for disqualification of the Ferrari. It was Marko who claimed that Mercedes had given Red Bull information about what could happen to an unclean engine.