F1: Verstappen shakes Ferrari over engine comments
Ferrari has responded angry after the Red Bull driver Max Verstappen He suggested that the Italian team's poor performance in the US Grand Prix. UU. it was related to the governing body of Formula One closing a potential engine gap.
Ferrari had accumulated six consecutive poles and showed impressive straight-line speed, before Mercedes returned to the top in the Austin race with Valtteri Bottas winning from the front of the grid.
Ferrari was out of rhythm on Sunday, while Bottas led his teammate Lewis Hamilton , who won his sixth world title, in one and two with Verstappen third.
The Formula One governing body issued a technical directive before the race in response to a Red Bull query, ruling out a sophisticated way to increase fuel flow to increase performance.
When asked later at a press conference if he was surprised by Ferrari's lack of performance and if he could offer an explanation, Verstappen, thirdly, suggested that they had been breaking the rules.
I was not surprised at all. After what came out. That explains everything, replied the 22-year-old Dutchman. In a separate interview with Dutch television, he used the word cheat.
Ferrari team manager Mattia Binotto said he was disappointed by the comments.
He pointed out that Sebastian Vettel He had lost the pole for only 0.012 seconds and that Charles Leclerc ran with an old engine after problems in the final practice.
If we look at the race, certainly the speed on the straight was not our problem and we had clear problems with the grip of the car in the first stage in both drivers, Binotto told reporters.
I feel that the comments are completely wrong and it is not good for the sport and everyone should be a little more cautious, the Italian added.
He had said earlier this week that the Ferrari engine was completely legal and that the team was upset by the continuous rumors of paddock.
Leclerc, who finished fourth and 52 seconds behind Bottas, said Verstappen's comments were a joke.
You have no idea. It is not in the team. I don't know why he is talking, he doesn't know anything about us, said the Monegasque.
Vettel retired after eight laps of the race with failures in the rear suspension.
I just had very, very bad grip and I fought for the tires to work and I had a bad feeling with the car immediately, said the German.
Leclerc said the left front tire of his car felt very, very strange in the first period.