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Fucking Austin! Hiding accuses Ferrari of fraud

Six times in a row Ferrari was in pole position after the summer break 2019, and apart from Sochi (Failure Vettel), Scuderia has since won at least 25 World Cup points in each race. Until Austin: The pole position of Valtteri Bottas was followed on Sunday by one of the worst Ferrari performances of the season.

Charles Leclerc (4.) was missing after 56 laps 52,2 seconds on winner Bottas, Sebastian Vettel already dropped out in round eight. The German was in seventh place at the time of his suspension break. On the 50th birthday of Ferrari team leader Mattia Binotto, this achievement came as a surprise to many, after all, the Italians had recently shown a continuous upward trend.

Not so for Max Understanding: I am not surprised. Not at all. After what came out. Bottas, at the FIA press conference “Seated Neighbor” of the Red Bull pilot, wonders: “What’s come out?” Copy answers: “The piece of paper.” Bottas shakes his head: “Haven’t seen it yet.”

What does “Copy” mean, is clear to everyone (except Bottas) in Formula 1-Paddock: the technical directive that the FIA issued following a request from Red Bull on October 22nd. Ferrari critics believe that Ferrari was forced to stop illegal tricks in the engine industry, and the poor performance in Austin must be explained in this way.

Hamilton joins Verstappen’s suspicion

Apparently Lewis Hamilton too: “They suddenly had tons of power out of the blue. Whenever they needed more power, they seemed to have more. This weekend, and I still don’t know what their GPS data looked like compared to ours, was definitely different than before. Before that, we lost seven tenths of our own on the straight line.”

Strong tobacco from the FIA-PK, to which the interception via Dutch TV added:”This is happening. At the latest at that point Binotto understands at his 50th birthday no more fun and uses the Ferrari Media Round after the race for an emotional statement.

“I have read and heard many comments this weekend about a technical directive and an influence on our cars. I have heard comments after the end of the race, about which I am very disappointed,”he says.” I think comments like that are totally wrong and not good for sport. Everyone should be a little more careful there.”

“This is a joke, to be honest!”

Charles Leclerc, known to be none of Verstappen’s closest friends, reacts even more excitedly to the PK tricks of the Red Bull driver: “This is a joke, to be honest! He has no idea, he’s not on the team. We know exactly what we’re doing. I don’t know why he’s talking about it. He knows nothing about it.”

First of all, the two Ferraris achieved the highest peak speeds in qualifying in Mexico, that is even before the technical directive was published. Advance on Mercedes: 7,2 km/h. On Red Bull: 10,1 km/h. In Austin the situation was quite different: there Vettel/Leclerc occupied only P8/9 of the top speed rating on Saturday.

But Binotto makes it clear: Ferrari has changed “nothing” to the engines since Mexico. Rather, an experiment was dared in Austin: “It is true that we did not win so much in the races ahead. But for that we were as fast in the curves as our competitors. At least in Quali.”

Binotto claims: Ferrari experimented in Austin

The explanation for this was not that any illegal tricks were stopped in the field of drive train. Rather, new paths have been taken in the field of aero-set-up: “We have postponed the compromise between compression-pressure and power to test how we can get faster in the curves,” says Binotto.

He sees quite different reasons than the engine power for this, Ferrari was not on pole for the first time since the beginning of August: “The fact is that we were very close to the pole position yesterday, as in the last races. Seb could have gotten the poles. Maybe he was a little too careful in a curve.”

“Charles had a problem in the morning that everyone could see and lost the whole third training. We had to install another older engine on him. When I look at his performance in qualifying and consider his problems in graduation training, I’m pretty sure he could have ridden the pole as well.”

Binotto:”See not, where the problem is”

Leclerc had to retrofit an older engine from his quota after the oil leak in final training in order not to collect a grid penalty.” He had stage two and not stage three, which we introduced in Monza,”Binotto explains. Whether the newer stage-3 engine for Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi can be saved will be investigated in Maranello.

The accusation that FIA technical directive 35 for the season 2019 Ferrari has forced to stop illegal tricks offends the Jubilar: “I don’t see where the problem is”, “Topspeed was certainly not our problem in the race. We clearly lacked grip in the first stint, with both drivers.”

Two things speak for the Ferrari argument. First, the advantage of the allegedly illegal tricks, which no one has been able to identify so precisely (let alone prove) so far, has been greatest for a quick qualifying round. Up to fifty PS, as Mercedes team leader Toto Wolff recently said in an interview with’Motorsport-Total.com.’

Second: Ferrari has apparently not dealt with FIA Directive 35 at all and was therefore unable to react to it in Austin. Binotto says:’We must, frankly, take a closer look at the technical directive. This is not what we came for this weekend.”

Continuation follows.