The FIA has released a statement saying it has completed an investigation of Ferrari’s power unit, but will not reveal the details of its findings.
The FIA have released a statement out of the blue on Friday evening, announcing that they have concluded an investigation into Ferrari’s 2019 power units.
The Scuderia came under intense scrutiny throughout 2019, due to what appeared to be an unusual leap in power and speed. Their topline speed was unrivalled, leading to victories at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza. However, technical directives issued to the teams by the FIA towards the end of last season appeared to stymie Ferrari’s speed, with their straight line speed advantage disappearing by the time of the United States, Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.
The FIA released a statement on the eve of the 2020 season as pre-season testing concluded, saying that have ‘reached an agreement’ with Ferrari regarding their investigation:
“The FIA announces that, after thorough technical investigations, it has concluded its analysis of the operation of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 power unit and reached a settlement with the team. The specifics of the agreement will remain between the parties.” said the statement from the governing body.
“The FIA and Scuderia Ferrari have agreed to a number of technical commitments that will improve the monitoring of all Formula 1 power units for forthcoming championship seasons as well as assist the FIA in other regulatory duties in Formula 1 and in its research activities on carbon emissions and sustainable fuels.”
In 2018, Ferrari’s energy recovery system was also investigated, with suspicions surrounding the use of their batteries. However, nothing was ever formally uncovered or penalised, with the exception of a mis-declaration of pre-race fuel loads on Charles Leclerc’s car in Abu Dhabi – a potential smoking gun of the tricks surrounding the fuel system that Ferrari were reportedly employing. A second fuel flow sensor has been mandated for 2020 in order to monitor this.
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