Former F1 Driver Accidentally Reveals Punishment Received by Ferrari for 2019 Engine Drama

Published 02/24/2021, 11:51 AM EST
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)


Ferrari were caught in a storm of controversy regarding the legality of their 2019 engine. Their power unit was competing with Mercedes in terms of power and helped them get a few race wins. However, other teams had doubts that Ferrari was utilising excess fuel, thereby circumventing FIA regulations.

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Red Bull took the lead and filed a formal complaint regarding the legality of Ferrari’s power unit. After an extensive investigation was conducted by FIA, it concluded that Ferrari’s power unit was neither legal nor illegal.

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Former F1 driver Mika Salo thinks Ferrari and its customer teams struggled because Ferrari were punished for their failure to comply with regulations with their 2019 power unit.

On his Twitch stream, Mika Salo, said that Ferrari was penalized by FIA. As a result, their customer teams in Alfa Romeo and Haas suffered in performance.

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He said, The team has suffered from the wrongdoing of Ferrari in 2019. They have been forced to use less fuel, so Alfa Romeo may be in a good position if they can perform at their best in the race this season.”

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He thinks Alfa Romeo could perform to their full potential. He said, “I do not know if they will have a new engine for 2021. But at least, Alfa Romeo will allow them to get all the power. They were not allowed last year because of Ferrari.”

Does this give hope to the Tifosi for 2021?

These words can be taken at full face value as Salo was an FIA commissioner in 2020. He is also a close friend of fellow Kimi Raikkonen and will be privy to such information.

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This penalty explains why the Ferrari-powered teams struggled on the track in 2020. It helps explain how they fell from being the second-best team in 2019 to the sixth-best one in 2020.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 04: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 04, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)

This provides a ray of hope to fans of Ferrari and their customer teams. Running their engine at full capacity will certainly help in pushing them up the standings. The Italian team will also bring a few updates to the 2021 season.

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So, functioning at their full capacity with a new and improved engine surely hints at the team roaring back into the fold in 2021.

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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