Sport Todt defends itself against critics: nobody wanted to protest Ferrari!
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"Ferrarigate" not only suffers the reputation of Scuderia, the FIA is also currently not getting away well with many Formula 1 fans. They accuse the world association of wanting to sweep a possible Ferrari scam under the table in 2019. In an exclusive interview with 'Motorsport-Total.com', President Jean Todt now strikes back and explains that nobody was as interested in clarification as the FIA himself.
"Some opponents indicated  that Ferrari was [driving] ] could move outside of the rules, and our technicians then spent several months scrutinizing the Ferrari to see if what they were doing was legal or illegal, "says Todt. The FIA has "dealt with the whole thing as professionally as possible," he emphasizes - and accounts for the critics.
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"I put a lot of pressure on our teams to do as many checks [on the Ferrari] as possible," he says. Todt personally also got caught in the crosshairs of critics due to his Ferrari past. The ex-team boss emphasizes that the FIA was under no obligation to investigate the matter to the extent that it was ultimately done voluntarily.
Todt: "We should have been able to relax ..."
"That frustrated me the most. That afterwards it was said that I tried to dissuade [the other teams] from protesting", Todt is annoyed. "The opposite was the case!", He clarifies and explains: "I have encouraged them. If they are not satisfied, then they should protest." However, none of the other teams complied with this request during the year.
"We should have been able to relax because nobody protested," said Todt. "Nevertheless, we wanted to get to the bottom of it. So we carried out very, very complex investigations," he affirmed and added: "Most of the top teams said at the time that they wanted to understand the situation. But the most important thing for them was that Situation for 2020 is clear. "
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"Therefore we changed the rules for 2020 so that we could be sure that there were no longer any ambiguities. When we finally came to the conclusion that Ferrari  had done something that was not legal, they did denied that. They explained that it was legal, "said Todt. So it was statement against statement. "Then I could have handed the matter over to the appeals court," explains the Frenchman.
Todt didn't want a "year-long" process
"But we don't know how they decided. It could have taken years and that wouldn't have been in Formula 1's interest," he explains. Therefore, the FIA finally agreed with Ferrari out of court. This deal finally caused a lot of criticism because no word was said publicly about whether and, if so, to what extent Ferrari had cheated in 2019.
Todt declares that the FIA may not publish details of the investigation without Ferrari's approval. However, he fights against the claim that the FIA Ferrari covers. For example, Red Bulls Helmut Marko recently indicated that there were "entanglements" between the world association and Scuderia. However, Todt does not want to know anything about it.
We will publish the complete interview with FIA President Jean Todt on our portal on Easter Monday (April 13).
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