Ferrari Didn’t Copy Mercedes: Mattia Binotto on Toto Wolff’s “Scanning” Allegations

September 12, 2020 5:00 pm

Mattia Binotto dismissed the fact that Ferrari was scanning the Mercedes “Inside and outside”. Binotto also spoke about the legality of using such components in the paddock.

In August this year, Toto Wolff revealed that some teams were scanning Mercedes’s cars inside-out using a 3D camera. Such allegations were turned down by Binotto and clarified that his team would never indulge in such activities.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff during the press conference | COURTESY: FIA/Handout via REUTERS

During the press conference, Binotto was asked how he would like to respond to Toto’s allegations. “Honestly, no idea. I’ve no idea if someone was scanning their car. Certainly, it was not us. Honestly can’t comment on it”, clarified Binotto.

He even expressed his views on scanning other teams’ cars. “I think that taking pictures, Scanning, I do not see any way, anyhow a problem with it. I think what is wrong eventually is to do Reverse engineering on the entire car”,  Binotto said.

“But I think that one now has been clarified in the wording by FIA and I’m happy with that conclusion”.

To know more: Toto Wolff makes a Startling Revelation Amid Mercedes “Copycat” Controversy

Earlier this season, the FIA had scrapped 15 points off  Racing Point and fined €400,000 after Renault won the protest it raised on the Brake Ducts. FIA still allowed the team to use the Brake Ducts for the rest of the season.

Teams like Renault and Mclaren did protest against the decision but to no avail. Teams decided to withdraw from their protests as days went by. The latest and the final team to withdraw from the protest was Ferrari.

Performance of Ferrari and Mercedes this year

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – August 15, 2020, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying
Courtesy: Alejandro Garcia/Pool via REUTERS

Since the start of this season, there have been contrasting emotions in the garages of Ferrari and Mercedes. While Mercedes has improved its pace from last year, Ferrari has gone from runner-ups to fighting for the top 5 in constructors. Ferrari knew this year was going to be a year to forget for them. But the improvements the other teams made only made it worse.

The only driver to take the fight to the Mercedes this year was Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix where Mercedes struggled with tire degradation.

Rohit Kumar

Rohit Kumar is a Formula 1 writer for EssentiallySports and has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2008. The Chennai-born author is an enthusiast of Racing Point F1 team (Aston Martin Racing) and is also a die-hard fan of Kimi Raikkonen. Rohit is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering and Technology.

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