Ferrari react to claim of RansomEXX cyberattack after data leaked online

Ferrari achieved their first double-podium since the Miami Grand Prix at the recent Singapore Grand Prix.

Following last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Ferrari have rejected reports that they have been victims of a cyberattack, despite 7GB of data having been posted online.

The reports that Ferrari has been hit by a ransomware attack come after RansomEXX claimed credit for breaching the Maranello-based team’s internal documents, technical sheets, repair manuals, and other types of information.

It was initially reported by Red Hot Cyber that the Scuderia had been attacked; however, an official Ferrari spokesperson revealed that they had “no evidence” to suggest that their data had been stolen.

“There’s no evidence that our systems have been breached by ransomware, and our business and daily operations have not been interrupted,” said a Ferrari spokesperson.

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“The company is working to identity the source of the event and will take all the necessary actions.”

The supposed cyberattack follows what was a missed opportunity at the Singapore Grand Prix, after Charles Leclerc finished the first race at the Marina Bay Circuit since 2019 in second.

Despite having qualified on pole, Leclerc led the race for roughly 30 metres.

Sergio Pérez made a much stronger start from second on the grid and breezed past the Ferrari on the rundown to Turn One.

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From then on, Pérez managed the entirety of the race and dealt with pressure from Leclerc well.

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The Mexican was awarded a reprimand, a five-second time penalty, and two penalty points after the race, though, after being deemed to have fallen beyond 10 car lengths behind the Safety Car on multiple occasions.

This didn’t stop him from claiming victory from Leclerc, as the Red Bull driver won the race by seven-seconds from the Monegasque.

It means that Leclerc missed out on victory by just two-seconds, once Pérez’s penalty was added to his finishing time.

Whilst the victory wasn’t to be for Leclerc, Carlos Sainz’s third place ensured Ferrari’s first double-podium finish since the Miami Grand Prix, extending the Italians lead over Mercedes to 69 points in the fight for second in the Constructors’ Championship.

The downside to finishing behind Pérez for Leclerc is that he now has just a two-point lead over the Mexican in the battle for second in the Drivers’ Championship, a duel that looks set to go all the way to Abu Dhabi.