The problem: Such conspiracy theories usually arise when a team was able to achieve a decisive improvement compared to the previous year. This is clearly the case with Ferrari.
“Ferrari now has by far the best engine,” says Christian Danner in AvD Motor und Sport Magazin. “It used to happen, but it wasn’t completely clean at the time (among other things; ed.) with Sebastian Vettel. After the change he was really bad. Now he’s suspiciously good again. That’s why there’s speculation in the paddock as to how it’s going to work.”
But exactly this process could now play into the hands of the Scuderia. At the time, the punishment also included Ferrari’s obligation to support the FIA in researching biofuel.
“The FIA and Ferrari have agreed on a number of technical commitments,” the press release said at the time, “which will improve the monitoring of all Formula 1 power units for the upcoming championship season and assist the FIA in other regulatory tasks in Formula 1 as well as in their research activities on CO2 emissions and synthetic fuels.”
Ex-Formula 1 team boss Colin Kolles in AvD Motor und Sport Magazin: “Looking back, maybe the penalty wasn’t a penalty at all. Maybe Ferrari even unintentionally benefited from the joint research with the FIA?”
Mercedes team boss Wolff does not want to put the drive at the center of criticism. “It’s important not to point your finger at individual areas of the car. We operate as a team and we have deficits that are far greater than just an engine deficit.”
What can still become a big problem for the former permanent winners: The power units were frozen before the start of the season until the end of 2025 for cost reasons. This means that further developments for performance purposes are prohibited.
A situation in which one’s own scope for action is limited triggers suspicions about the competition. It is unlikely that Ferrari will be slowed down again. Reason: Unlike 2019, the lead is not inexplicably large. Rather, it seems that Mercedes, for the first time in eight years, has not built the ultimate in the engine sector. A natural development in sport. Every3 dominance ends at some point. Also those from Mercedes.