The progress shown in Canada has brought a shadow of a smile to the faces of the men in red suits. The team from Maranello has been working for weeks to develop the SF-23 to its fullest potential. After the updates introduced at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Ferrari is preparing to showcase new features on the SF-23 car in Austria. However, the rivals of the Prancing Horse do not show great enthusiasm and express their displeasure regarding the use of Pirelli tests before and the filming day later by the team led by Frederic Vasseur.
Behind the scenes of the Formula 1 paddock, the rivals of the red team are experiencing some discomfort. This is reported by the German publication “Auto Motor und Sport.” Under the scrutiny of rival teams are the Pirelli test between the Spanish Grand Prix and the weekend in Canada, as well as the filming day at Fiorano before the Austrian event earlier this week.
The test day dedicated to the tires was allegedly used to better understand the car and optimize the improvements revealed at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The rivals raise their eyebrows, but Auto Motor und Sport points out that Ferrari has not committed any wrongdoing in this case: “Each team is authorized to modify the setup after consultation with Pirelli, if it guarantees better information for Pirelli.”
Let’s shift our focus to the filming day in Fiorano: on this occasion, Ferrari, as reported by Albert Fabrega on his social media, tested the new upgrades that were subsequently brought to Austria. “They will have a new floor and a new front wing that they have already tested during the filming day in Fiorano,” tweeted the Spanish journalist.
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Once again, Ferrari has not done anything illegitimate. There will not even be a need for an official investigation, with no official protests being made, as reported by the German website. The face of the Federation, Nikolas Tombazis, confirmed: “Comparative testing of different versions would not be allowed.” Indeed, there is no part of the regulations that stipulates which specification should be used in a demonstration event, as AMuS reminds us. As long as the entire filming day is contested with the chosen configuration, there is nothing to object. Neither is in direct conflict with the regulations, but one could see the spirit of the regulations violated. Rival teams complain that a tyre test is only there to test tyres and a filming day should only be used for marketing purposes.