FIA concludes investigation into Ferrari wrongdoing

Ferrari came under scrutiny after they had appeared to use a revised floor at the Pirelli tyre test in Imola.

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The FIA have seen no breach of regulation by Ferrari after the Scuderia appeared to use a different floor at the Pirelli test in Imola.

After the completion of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Ferrari joined Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri and Alpine in testing a prototype 2023 tyre at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari to gather crucial data as the tyres evolve under the new technical regulations.

Since the test is solely about ascertaining information about the tyres – and because not all of the teams are involved – the FIA clarify that the squads cannot use the test for their own personal gain, which would involve the trialling of new or different components.

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“Cars at these tests must only use components of a specification that have been used in at least one (1) race or TCC [testing of current cars] during the current Championship year. These cars must fully comply with the provisions of the Technical Regulations,” reads article 10.8 of the sporting regulations.

“No test parts, component changes or set-up changes will be permitted which give any sort of information to the Competitor that is unrelated to the tyre test.

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“Mechanical set-up changes, driver control changes and component changes are permitted if agreed in advance with the tyre supplier that they are necessary for the correct evaluation of the tyres or to complete the tyre test.”

However, it seemed as though Ferrari had brought a redesigned floor to the event, which sparked rumours that they had contravened the above regulation, but the FIA, having conducted a brief investigation, have found that there was nothing clandestine at play from the Maranello camp.

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Ferrari have arrived at the Miami Grand Prix this weekend with a new engine in the back of Charles Leclerc’s car, while both him and Carlos Sainz have new skids on the back of the bar to help stabilise the bouncing on the straight.

The Monegasque topped FP1 before ending FP2 second as Sainz, for the third weekend running, was involved in a crash when he lost control in the twisty final sector.