Political "war" has broken out in Formula 1, according to the Italian media.

"With a planned attack on Wednesday morning at 9am, Formula 1 was thrown into war," said Corriere della Sera.

It started with the FIA announcing that a confidential settlement had been reached with Ferrari, following an investigation into the team's controversial 2019 engine.

The seven non-Ferrari affiliated teams reacted with fury, threatening legal action.

"Now it's war," announced La Gazzetta dello Sport. "A war over political influence and money."

Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko told the Munchner Merkur newspaper that the situation is no less than a scandal.

"The whole thing has now taken on FIFA proportions," he said, referring to the world football association's reported corruption some years ago.

"Only one letter is missing between the FIA and FIFA," Marko charged. "In any other association, this would be political suicide by Jean Todt.

"The FIA has discredited a sport in which we invest three-digit million sums of euros each year."

But another newspaper, La Repubblica, thinks the Ferrari settlement simply shows that the FIA is becoming out of its depth in certain technical areas.

"What happened shows the fragility of the FIA," he said. "They do not have the means to get to the bottom of these complex technical situations that dozens of engineers come up with at every team."

For now, the FIA has responded to the seven teams' fury by insisting that the secret settlement it reached with the FIA is legitimate.

Admitting that it was "not fully satisfied" that Ferrari's engine was legal, the federation said in a statement: "This type of agreement is a legal tool recognised as an essential component of any disciplinary system".


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4 F1 Fan comments on “Marko: Ferrari settlement 'political suicide' by FIA

  1. wexster

    Nothing will ever change Ferrari run formula 1 if they stamp their feet everybody rolls over it makes a mockery of the sport. Formula 1 is not just one team and it will never be fair until we lose Ferrari.

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  2. Peter Leonard Shattock

    There is not enough information here to make a comment. Seems that Ferrari have got a super design that the other teams do not like ? or jealous of ? Go Ferrari

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  3. Andrew Jones

    I feel sorry for the other teams who try very hard to compete however that much slower. If Ferrari has not been honest in achieving there results last year. Not only should they publicly be punished but also there results be taken from them and the fans fully informed.

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