Since the 1980s, at the dawn of the Ecclestone Era, the British garajistas dominated F1 sportingly and numerically. Ferrari, the most powerful tea
Since the 1980s, at the dawn of the Ecclestone Era, the British garajistas dominated F1 sportingly and numerically. Ferrari, the most powerful team, was in the minority when it came to voting, against a plethora of British teams. The solution alla Ecclestone was to give Ferrari a veto power, with the aim of making it impossible to deliberately prejudicial regulations for the Italians.
Now, leaving his usual soft statements, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto veiledly threatened to use this privilege never invoked by the Scuderia if the 2023 Technical Regulations seem capricious or biased. For Binotto, the budding modifications do not respond to a security reason.
This week, Mohammed ben Sulayem, the president of the FIA, announced the submission of the 2023 text to the Motor Sport Council for approval. It would include an increase of 15 millimeters in the minimum height of the cars (an abyss in F1). The only team that supports the measure with all its might is Mercedes; all the other teams think that it is a rule that will only favor Mercedes on a performance level. It is a key moment in ben Sulayem’s brand-new management: will the FIA’s tacit favoritism of Jean Todt towards Mercedes be cut?
In this framework, Binotto was hopeful that “There will be no change. I don’t see any real reason to make changes to the Technical Regulations for safety reasons, especially if you look at the last few races,” he alleged. The FIA assures that at the end of this year there will be circuits where porpoising will return; soon we will see who is right.
But for now, Binotto adds that introducing changes to the aerodynamic regulations at this time of year will force a change to the concepts of the 2023 cars, already drawn up. It is money and time.
“If the aerodynamic regulations were to change for 2023, it would be a considerable problem considering the time of year we are in. There would be very little time to change the concept of the new car,” he argued.
He added: “And, I repeat, there is no reason to introduce changes to the technical regulations citing safety reasons. So, I think it can’t happen, and if it does, we will try to figure out how to stop them.” Actually, Binotto does know: Ferrari’s veto power is still there.