Piero Ferrari, the Maranello company's vice chairman, has admitted his concern about recent events regarding the famous Formula 1 team.

In Canada, Sebastian Vettel lost his victory with a time penalty, and Ferrari lost a 'review' of the controversial decision two weeks later.

Then in Austria, Ferrari and four other teams lost a bid to scrap Pirelli's difficult 2019 tyres, before Max Verstappen was not penalised for a controversial pass on Charles Leclerc for the race win.

FIA race director Michael Masi defended the latter decision, saying comparing the Vettel-Hamilton incident in Canada and Verstappen-Leclerc in Austria is "like comparing apples with pears".

But Piero Ferrari said: "The risk of that our fans begin to suspect there is a bias against the Scuderia.

"I prefer to think it's not true," he told Il Resto del Carlino newspaper.

"We cannot afford a loss of credibility," Enzo Ferrari's son added. "The passion of the man on the street must be respected."

Ferrari admitted that the different stewards' decisions in Canada and Austria are frustrating.

"Ferrari's position is clear," he said. "For us, Vettel won in Montreal. In his case there was a literal application of the regulation, which was then lacking in Zeltweg."

He said that without "simpler" and "transparent" rules that are then applied consistently, "people become disaffected".

But Ferrari said there is a bright side.

"In the last month, with Vettel and Leclerc, we won two poles and fought for victory on both occasions to the chequered flag.

"Even with the external controversy, the team is reacting to difficulties. That's a good thing," he said.

It is clear Ferrari is also highly supportive of Charles Leclerc, even though he was passed for the victory by Verstappen in Austria.

"Do you know who he reminded me of in Zeltweg? A young Niki Lauda.

"Prost, Schumi, Alonso and Vettel arrived in Maranello already as world champions, but Leclerc is following the path of Niki. He is already a guarantee for Ferrari.

"I hope he wins soon, as Formula 1 needs good stories and equal treatment. For everyone's sake," said Ferrari.

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27 F1 Fan comments on “Piero Ferrari: Fans suspect unfair Ferrari treatment

  1. Nik Nottingham

    Treated unfairly? Vettel made a mistake in Canada and was punished for it, Verstappen had a faster car in Austria so took the lead. Ferrari get the most prize money, is that fair?

    • Simon Saivil

      With respect to the prize money you are mixing apples and oranges.
      Everybody knows that Ferrari gets most, and everybody knows why, and nobody complains!
      So, why are you bring this up?

      Chalk and cheese!

  2. david merrington

    Max as been the same with is driving the the same when he first moved to be with Ricardo meney times .But i think he will stop now hope so

  3. Scott Neal

    Verstappen would've passed LeClerc within the next lap anyway so the result would've been the same, but with no Ferrari crying. What they should be complaining about is the fact they had a poor strategy for both drivers, especially Vettel. One more lap and he is on the podium.

    • david merrington

      Yes mate you are right about Vettel the way he been driving like rubbish hope they get rid of him for this year and get a better driver for 2000

  4. Spiker

    Ferrari needs to focus on their car.....and Seb, just drive without losing focus.....the penalty in Canada was just unfortunate …could have gone either way

  5. OK then

    Diversion ahead :- They make mistake after mistake and in the vain belief they can get people to 'move on' from these mistakes they create diversionary moans. Stop whining and start driving.

  6. Amaya locks

    I do not surport Ferrari but still believe that Verstappen should have had a penalty. why he didn't get a penalty only the stewards know the answer to that question. I Still believe Verstappen pushed him off track as all four wheels was over the white line. which David Coulthard keeps saying the white defines the track. get this mess sorted out, and everybody will be happy. the stewards should not be for one driver, and not the other. the stewards are supposed to be impartial to teams.

  7. Johann Crafford

    All the opinions above differ from each other so how can we blame the stewards to make the correct decision? The fact that the stewards sat for one hour with Verstappen & LeClerc before making their decision tells me that the "rule books" are unclear and/or the stewards do not know or how to intrepid the rules. I believe that the FIA should, instead of different stewards at different races, select a "permanent" panel of stewards that travel to all races.

  8. Nik Nottingham

    I can understand why Ferrari feel unfairly treated, the rules that are used were brought in after very specific incidents and designed to prevent their reoccurrence. Unfortunately these rules are applied to every incident. Let's look back to France 2018: Vettel punctured Bottas left rear and was duly given his penalty which he pitted, served his penalty and left the pit lane before Bottas had arrived at the pit lane, is that fair?

  9. Nik Nottingham

    With all due respect... You are missing my point. Btw are you talking about apples, oranges, chalk, cheese or Ferrari, please make your mind up because you are starting to bore me.

  10. bogy

    Masi said it's "like comparing apples with pears". Come to think of it you can compare apples to pears. Between the two I prefer an apple to the a pear. A good pair is not quite up to my standards as a good apple. Cheese and chalk is another comparison that may be made. Many cheeses make excellent grilled cheese sandwiches whereas chalk makes terrible grilled cheese sandwiches. There! I just compared cheese to chalk. Don't tell me I can't.

    • Simon Saivil

      Except that I did not say "COMPARE chalk and cheese." I just said "chalk and cheese."

      You may, or may not know the meaning of this old English saying. The original poster obviously did not, which is why he confused the issues.

      • bogy

        well, it's up to you if you don't want to explain what it means. just leaves everyone who hasn't heard of it to think you must be a person who wishes not to communicate clearly......for what reason? who knows. maybe you can't communicate clearly. what a pity.

        • Simon Saivil

          I've never been the one to place a premium on communication, so.

          On the other hand failure to communicate was claimed in the "Cool Hand Luke." In this case it is more of a substitution of issues by the initial poster and I called him to it.

          I'm sure you can easily find the origin, use, and the meaning of "chalk and cheese."

  11. Pam

    Simon Savill kicking off again by posting his F1 views which he seems to believe are always right - no matter what!! I do think Simon you need to stay off the bottle when you post - then you may be more reasoned.

    I am sure the F1 stewards issue will sort itself out! Roll on to Silverstone- yeppie!

    • Simon Saivil

      Pam, where have you been all this time?
      I missed you.
      I am disappointed to see that your stale, flat and unprofitable invective hasn't improved with time.I guess few things, except for wine, do.
      By the way, let me make it a little easier for you: I don't think I am always right, I know I am.
      I am gratified to have such a faithful follower like yourself.

  12. bogy

    Sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner, but unlike you I have a life. 'Plagiarism'?????????
    Work on communicating your thoughts and when you succeed (fat chance) DON'T get back with me. Now go brush your teeth and go back to bed you have school tomorrow.


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