Post from Mika’s Instagram stating he has no knowledge of any agreement between Ferrari and the FIA, and that it was a throw away comment based on media headlines.
For some reason I find this very unlikely, Ferrari was not directly cheating but sort of working around the rules (which happened several times in the past by other teams as well) so if I were them I would have never accepted this kind of penalty.basti313 wrote: ↑Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:28 pmI do not think that this is the point. If they tricked the fuel system, this was an extremely precise trick. There is no reason why such a precise system would give them less fuel if they tune it to normal behavior.RZS10 wrote: ↑Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:12 pmExactly, and even if (and that's a big IF) he had access to the details of the agreement, i highly doubt he would disclose details in such a manner considering that afaik he's still on the list of FIA stewards and would potentially even make himself open to lawsuits.
Isn't it more likely that this is his own interpretation based on the very limited information that is available?
And technically it's a very short and simplified version of what supposedly happened: they exceeded the fuel flow, had to lower the fuel flow thus ran the engine in a non-optimal way and are now back to fully utilising it sans trickery.
I am more puzzled now by the symmetry. If I think back to 2019 how Ferrari passed other cars or could defend on the straight was quite similar to how cars passed Ferrari in 2020.
Furthermore Alfa and Haas gained, but was not directly to punish...
So my interpretation is a hidden penalty. The FIA found out, that Ferrari is using like 3% more fuel flow. So they restricted Ferrari engines by 3% in 2020.
Did you hear it? Sounded like misfiring.
They did complete 59 laps, which is more that what some other teams did so its chill still