Ferrari have been called out by David Coulthard over their “private settlement” with the FIA after the 2019 season as teams wait to find out what penalties Red Bull will face for its breach of the 2021 budget cap. Max Verstappen won his first title for the giants of energy drinks last season after beating Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton in the season-defining Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.
During the 2019 season, Ferrari’s power unit was head and shoulders above that of its rivals, with red car drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc enjoying a power advantage and producing impressive speed down the straights in the midst of a better fuel flow than other cars on the track.
As other teams wondered how Ferrari had gained such an advantage, a series of technical directives were issued throughout the season to clarify what was and was not allowed.
Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto denied any wrongdoing and the team was not considered to have broken any rules. But the FIA still deemed it necessary to reach an “agreement” with the Italian team in 2020, which was kept private.
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And Coulthard thinks Ferrari shouldn’t be throwing mud at Red Bull in light of the events of 2019. “Remember, Ferrari, two or three seasons ago, had a private settlement about some irregularities in their fuel system,” the former star said. from F1 to Channel 4 on Sunday morning. “And we didn’t know what that actually was: there was a private agreement. So there is a history of governance where it can be done behind closed doors.
“Red Bull is very clear that they feel they have done nothing wrong. The FIA clearly feels that it is outside the cost limit in a given area. Which I think is unfair, and I fully understand what Christian [Horner] What he’s saying is that any team that says you’re cheating without hard evidence or that a jury has said, ‘yeah, you were found to be outside the regulations,’ that’s just unfair.”
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Coulthard also addressed Horner’s claims that the children of Red Bull employees are being bullied in the schoolyard due to “fictitious accusations from other teams”.
“What Christian has mentioned is that even some of the children of relatives at school have had allegations of cheating,” the 51-year-old added. “We get into mental health issues there. So we have to take a step back. We need to let the process run its course, then we’ll find out what the sanctions are, if any.”
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