In the realm of Formula 1, there is frequently a great deal occurring out of public view. Nonetheless, on occasion, specific matters become known, like the recent instance of Lewis Hamilton being declined by Ferrari. In reaction to this, Toto Wolff has partnered with Frederic Vasseur, even though they are friends with Mattia Binotto.
During the Belgian Grand Prix last month, the F1 Commission met to discuss engine equalization. This discussion coincided with speculation about Mattia Binotto potentially moving to the Enstone team. However, Alpine’s main concern was obtaining special permission from the FIA for their power unit supplier. They wanted to regain a potential 30 Bhp compared to Ferrari, Mercedes, and Honda.
Alpine’s attempts were not enough to convince Ferrari’s CEO, Frederic Vasseur, of their assertion. Vasseur had doubts about the validity of Renault’s request for an exemption, as he believed it could only be warranted if the opposing team was considerably inferior. Vasseur lacked confidence in the capabilities of Alpine’s engine and remained unconvinced that Renault was falling behind.
Toto Wolff and Mattia Binotto maintained a cordial bond while Binotto was at Ferrari. Wolff understood and supported Binotto’s decision to leave Ferrari, and now, with Hamilton rejecting Ferrari’s offers, the alliance between the two teams continues to thrive. In an unexpected twist, Wolff has partnered with Ferrari to challenge Alpine.
Wolff mentioned that Renault’s engine performance deficit falls within a 3% range, but he does not think it justifies any special treatment. He highlighted that the rules were created to give teams beyond the 3% threshold additional testing opportunities and chances to address issues, but he does not observe anything near a 3% difference in Alpine’s situation.
Toto Wolff, with his extensive experience in Formula 1, has brought attention to a problem that could potentially harm the sport. He believes that discussions about equalizing power units should not even take place among the teams, as it would be detrimental to Formula 1.
In conclusion, the rejection of Lewis Hamilton by Ferrari does not affect the relationship between Ferrari and Mercedes. Toto Wolff has joined forces with Ferrari to oppose Alpine’s claim, highlighting the issue of equalizing power units in Formula 1.