It insisted that its private agreement with Scuderia Ferrari was well within its “Judicial and Disciplinary Rules (JDR)”, adding that it had acted in accordance with its own regulations and would continue protect the sport and its reputation through its role as regulator.
The settlement was announced last week. It was followed, on Wednesday, by a joint statement from the seven non-Ferrari powered teams, which called into question the legality of the private settlement reached by the FIA and Ferrari, and threatened to pursue the case in court.
Though the FIA has kept the exact details of the arrangement with Ferrari secret, it has now published further details of the matter in response to the teams.
“Following yesterday’s announcement by seven F1 teams, the FIA would like to make the following clarifications:
“The FIA has conducted detailed technical analysis on the Scuderia Ferrari Power Unit as it is entitled to do for any competitor in the FIA Formula One World Championship.
“The extensive and thorough investigations undertaken during the 2019 season raised suspicions that the Scuderia Ferrari PU could be considered as not operating within the limits of the FIA regulations at all times. The Scuderia Ferrari firmly opposed the suspicions and reiterated that its PU always operated in compliance with the regulations.