It cannot be said for sure that it was a quiet Friday. The day of morning free practice of the 70th Anniversary GP, dominated by Mercedes then also in the afternoon Fp2, in fact it started first with a nice twist: the decision of the FIA to sanction and penalize the Racing Point with a fine of 400 thousand dollars and minus 15 points in the Constructors’ classification.
Verdict that shook the whole Circus, warming the souls of its two main sides: on the one hand, Racing Point and Mercedes who will appeal against the FIA and on the other Renault, Ferrari e Red Bull on all who intend to appeal to the Federation again for a more severe punishment.
So for a Toto Wolff that says: “The situation is difficult but the regulation is not clear. We we don’t think Racing Point has violated the rules: controversies and disputes of this type are useless “. There’s a Mattia Binotto that has delegated the technical part of the Scuderia giving it responsibility and autonomy e before talking about the seventh time of Leclerc and fourteenth of Vettel (always struggling with the damn trouble on his SF1000) in the afternoon, think about the brakes of the Rp20.
“We have to be careful and decide how to proceed”
“There are 24 hours to eventually file an appeal, to understand if the penalty is sufficient or not – said the team principal of the Cavallino -. It is not possible to copy a car from photos only. It has never happened in the history of Formula 1, I don’t think the verdict is enough. Today’s verdict is only on the brakes, which can open up a discussion about the whole car: that’s why this ruling must be a starting point It is too early to declare our position. Our letter to the FIA is not just about the air intakes, but the whole concept of the car. We will read the 14 pages and decide how to proceed. We have to be very careful and see what the next step can be ”.
After the Racing Point case, then the team principal returns to talk about the track and the laps at Silverstone which even today highlighted the difficult situation of the Scuderia and the problems of the SF1000: “This season we will try to progress on a regular basis, we already led last weekend a new lighter wing. This means that in Maranello we always try to achieve performance advantages on the track.
In the last weekend Leclerc has been very good and we have collected the best possible now we need to recover Vettel’s confidence with the car. This morning was useful to understand the set-up and tire data. We saw that the softer tires performed well. Vettel ran with more load, useful for understanding the set-up. It was a positive morning“.