The seven non-Ferrari powered Formula One teams have all released a joint statement protesting the FIA's 'settlement' with Ferrari after the conclusion of an investigation into their power unit, but what could the result of this action be?
Ferrari finished second in the constructors' standings to Mercedes but, having failed to win a race prior to the summer shutdown, Ferrari returned with three straight victories in Belgium, Italy and Singapore. There were also six-straight pole positions from Italy to Mexico for the Scuderia.
These wins were largely thanks to a huge boost in straight-line performance, an advantage that Ferrari had enjoyed previously, but not to any extent even close to this.
At the United States Grand Prix, a fuel flow system proposed by Red Bull was deemed illegal, and Ferrari mysteriously lacked pace in the race.
Another technical directive was issued ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix and, before crashing into each other, the two Ferrari drivers again were showing no signs of the pace that had characterised recent races.
In 2007, McLaren were disqualified from the constructors' championship as a whole for their part in the 'Spygate scandal'. As a result, they could claim none of the prize money for the season, so there is a precedent for such action.
Alfa Romeo and Haas, the other two team to run using Ferrari power, have made no comment on the protest.
With over half of the grid banding together in a show of unity uncommon in Formula One, there is real pressure on the FIA to act and to answer just why a 'settlement' was reach behind closed doors.
hi i think that the powers that be wanted to get back the vito that ferrari holds indefinitely so in order to not financially punish them they possibly gave the ultimatum of surrendering their vito but cannot announce that .
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