Chene_Mostert wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:13 pm
AMG.Tzan wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:56 am
Expected to be honest!
I mean what was the FIA and Ferrari expecting the others to do?? Say...oooh so nice of you that you settled it that way! After all both Mercedes and Mclaren were the ones that got a 100M fine and an exclusion for things that even Ron Dennis himself didn't know! Ferrari knew as a team what they were doing...if they were truly cheating then this should be an exclusion from the 2019 WCC!
An exclusion for Ferrari means more money for the other teams from gaining a higher place in the WCC! So no shock here seeing all the other teams getting together on this!
The question is: Were Ferrari cheating or did they just find a loophole within the Engine Regulations to make more Horsepower?? Because if it was a loophole...then you can't blame someone for being clever! But if it was a loophole like Mercedes's oil burning thing...wouldn't they just close the loophole for next season and say...oh we've found this loophole...we'll just close it?? For FIA to release such a statement it really looks suspicious!
If they found a "loophole", do they need to disclose it to other teams?
If they found a way of running the PU more efficiently within the confines of the regulation, do they need to disclose it to anyone outside of the FIA?
The "settlement" could just be that. We checked, they have some "clever" tech, and it all operates within the control measures put in place. The team does not want to disclose their "invention" so we came to a settlement.
Well, I can essentially imagine two things that could be going on here:
1) It's a loophole and a loophole is, in essence, legal. So in that case, FIA could have come out with a statement like "after thorough investigation of the power unit we have concluded that there is no misconduct from the side of Ferrari. To protect the intellectual property of the team, we will not disclose the nature of the technology under scrutiny". If needed, they could point to specific regulations that the solution was found not to violate. Since in this case fuel flow seems to be the controversial aspect, they could explicitly state that the technology used by Ferrari did not violate those specific clauses in the rulebook. In any case, there would be no need to talk of a 'settlement' and the associated community service Ferrari is engaging in. So if the issue was just something clever that is legal, the situation could have been handled much, much better.
2) The technology was either legal to the letter, but obviously against the spirit of the rules/There was hints of illegality but no proven illegality/the technology was legal according to one interpretation, but had side effects that were up for discussion (e.g. what if the main effect of DAS would be aerodynamic?). In that case, the dispute may not be as cut and clear as in case (1), either to the side of legality or illegality, and in this shady territory a settlement could be opted for. A sort of confession of "we know it was wrong, but technically we were not blocked from doing it". Still, I would argue one could be more clear than the current statement. Something like "The FIA has conducted investigation regarding clause [XYZ] of the technical regulations and was not able to quantify any misconduct on behalf of Ferrari according to the written rules, but it has been established that the technology implemented in the Ferrari engine does allow
for exploitation of [higher fuel flows or whatever], which is against the intent of clause [XYZ]. In lieu of a tangible violation, FIA and Ferrari have decided to settle the matter for... [disclose the settlement]".
You can get quite far in naming the violation that is suspected without having to disclose the technological aspects of said violation and thereby compromising the team under investigation, both when the solution is fully legal and when the solution is questionable but not outright illegal. FIA has opted not to do this, and that is a gross violation of the integrity and impartiality a ruling body in any sport should have.