15:38 – Ferrari expects a disadvantage compared to the competition by delaying the introduction of the new technical regulations, but team boss Mattia Binotto realizes that this decision had to be made in the interest of Formula 1.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, F1 has had to postpone or cancel the first eight Grands Prix of 2020. So the calendar is going to be overhauled and the teams are feeling the consequences, because there is a good chance that the prize money and the income from sponsorship will drop sharply. The FIA and Liberty Media have therefore decided, in consultation with the teams, to postpone the introduction of the new technical regulations, which were scheduled for 2021, by one year.
Ferrari fears that this intervention will not work to his advantage, because the current car does not seem as competitive as hoped. Bee Sky Italia However, Binotto stated that the need for the intervention is more important than the consequences it has for Ferrari. “Given the current basis and the feedback during the tests, we do not think we will benefit from this choice. It was not an easy decision, but it had to be made. It is a special time and it is important to send a responsible signal for the future to give.”
It was agreed that in 2021 the teams should stick to the chassis they already use in 2020. Binotto emphasized that there remains freedom for the development of aerodynamic components, but discussions about what is and what is not allowed are still ongoing. “The regulations will remain the same [in 2021], but there will still be room for aerodynamic development. We still have to refine that in detail. We will discuss this with the representatives of the teams and with the FIA to determine what will be frozen and what will remain open. for development. However, we aim to preserve the DNA of Formula 1, which means competition and measuring against the competition. “
Ferrari would not race in Melbourne
Binotto also briefly looked back at the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, which was only communicated a few hours before the first free practice. Even if the event had taken place, Ferrari would not have been there. “Our position was immediately clear: we would not race even if the weekend had continued in a regular manner,” said Binotto. “Ferrari had not raced to ensure the safety of all team members. During the evening we informed Charles and Seb that they were free to go home.”