Settlement a Clear Indication Something Not Clear: Renault F1 Ready to Take Action Against Ferrari

Published 03/06/2020, 9:32 AM EST


Renault F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul responded to the FIA’s explanation of its investigation into Ferrari’s 2019 engine. The Frenchman’s response was tactical and different from the verbal fury directed the FIA’s way over the past few days.

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Abiteboul responds to the FIA

After 7 non-Ferrari powered teams issued a notice to the FIA threatening legal action, the governing body finally responded. Yesterday, the FIA published a response justifying its actions regarding the agreement with Ferrari. Furthermore, the governing authority cited its compliance of an article within the rules to clear up any confusion over its internal dealing of the matter.

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However, the FIA’s explanation hasn’t been satisfactory in any manner and teams won’t be dropping their case. Moreover, the Mercedes led alliance is seeking clarification over the investigation and is calling for greater transparency in the FIA’s working. Nevertheless, It is unclear at the moment if Ferrari really broke any rules or merely exploited a loophole.

Speaking to Autocar, Abiteboul said :

“What we’d like is to get to a place where both the FIA and F1, for the reputation of the championship, appreciate that they need to provide light on this story to put this matter behind us. We want to put this matter behind us, but we need a bit of reassurance before we do that.

The Frenchman also stressed that he wanted to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and not escalate things. Abiteboul also said that the teams haven’t decided on a plan of action following the FIA’s response.

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“So what’s the next move? We will discuss with the six other teams because it does not really respond to what we ask for.”

Renault F1  – accustomed to scandal in the past

Renault is no stranger to scandal in F1, as the team was involved in a high profile case in 2008. The Enstone outfit was guilty of deliberately forcing its driver to crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. That was done to change the outcome of the race result in the teams’ favour. As a result, the FIA banned then team principal Flavio Briatore – indefinitely.

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The ball is firmly in the court of the septet who seek answers from the governing authority.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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