Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner says Ferrari’s dramatic drop down the order has left him feeling bitter concerning the races the Italian staff received with its controversial engine in 2019.
Rivals suspected Ferrari’s engine was unlawful final 12 months. After preseason testing this 12 months, the FIA confirmed it had reached a private settlement with the staff on the problem. Seven of F1’s 10 groups accused the FIA of an absence of transparency over the problem, though the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix in March prevented it from changing into a much bigger row.
The importance of the settlement has been clear to see this 12 months, with Ferrari slipping down the aggressive order. On the Belgian Grand Prix, Ferrari-powered automobiles have been solely faster than the backmarking Williams automobiles, and each Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc completed exterior of the factors.
Horner urged final 12 months’s championship, which noticed Ferrari beat Crimson Bull to second within the Constructors’ Championship, would have appeared so much totally different had the FIA acted sooner.
Requested if he had any lingering frustration over the problem, Horner stated: “The entire thing has left fairly a bitter style.
“I imply, clearly you’ll be able to draw your individual conclusions from Ferrari’s present efficiency, however, yeah, there are races that we must always have received final 12 months arguably if they’d run with an engine that appears to be fairly totally different to what efficiency that they’d final 12 months.”
Horner stated it’s not shocking Ferrari has struggled this 12 months, given the actual fact the FIA’s settlement appeared to substantiate the staff was working round an engine which didn’t line up with the laws.
“It is clearly very powerful for them, however I believe their focus has clearly been within the mistaken areas in earlier years, which is why they’re clearly appear to be struggling somewhat with no matter was in that settlement,” he stated.
Forward of the Belgian Grand Prix, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff stated Ferrari’s present state of affairs was the resulting from “certain individuals” throughout the staff having the mistaken priorities.