Red Bull react to Ferrari cheating allegations after FIA investigation

The Red Bull boss stressed that teams shouldn't use the Pirelli tyre tests to develop their cars.

Following Ferrari’s post-Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Pirelli test, the Italian outfit have been cleared of any wrongdoing after questions were asked about the different floors used at the test.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner emphasised his point that the Pirelli tests are “up to the FIA to police”, after Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were reportedly seen using different floors during the test.

“My understanding of the regulations regarding tyre testing is that you have to run in a fixed format of car specification, and if you need to replace a part it can only be to an older specification part that has previously been run,” explained Horner.

“I think the excitement about the Ferrari floor was that it was certainly different between the morning and the afternoon, and appeared to have some new components.

“I think it’s for the FIA to do that police work and due diligence.”

It wasn’t just Horner who raised concerns surrounding what floor specifications Ferrari had used during their test, a number of other teams asked the sport to clarify their position on the topic.

This comes with the sports regulations stating that no new parts can be used during a tyre test, with only parts that were used during a previous Grand Prix weekend to be used.

The FIA did communicate with Ferrari about the potential rule break, motorsports governing body though were satisfied with the Constructors’ leaders response as well as the evidence they provided.

According to, the Scuderia didn’t break any rules.

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This comes after their technical analyst discovered that the floor used by Sainz had been used by Leclerc at the Australian Grand Prix.

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Following the incident, Horner said he remains hopeful that the tyre tests don’t turn into a time to develop other key components.

“What we certainly want to avoid is, because these cars are so immature, and it’s still so very early in their development stage, that tyre tests don’t turn into aerodynamic or performance development tests,” said the Red Bull boss.

“That is not the purpose of those tests,” he added.