Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says they will continue to pursue their appeal against the FIA’s decision on Racing Point to ensure teams cannot copy rivals’ designs.
The FIA has said it will introduce new rules for the 2021 F1 season to prevent teams from using photography to closely copy rivals’ designs. Binotto said a line needs to be drawn which will prevent teams from duplicating the designs of their competitors.
“Looking at competitors, trying to understand what they do, trying to study their car has been part of F1 history and I do not see anything bad in that,” said Binotto.
“I think to copy an entire design, that’s a dangerous period because that’s IP [intellectual property]. If I had been Mercedes, I would have protested someone copying myself.
“So I think that’s simply the spirit. I think taking pictures has always been done and I do not see anything wrong in the fact itself.”
Binotto indicated it would be prepared to drop its appeal if it was satisfied the 2021 rules package will outlaw copying.
“We confirmed our protest, so we have appealed the decision of the stewards over the last races,” he said.
“The reason for that is that we are fully convinced that what Racing Point did this season is not right. We believe that’s against the principle of our sport and we believe that cannot happen in the future.
“In that respect, we are asking and seeking for clarity with the FIA if regulations will be put in place, or a technical directive for the future in 2021, where we are pretty sure that it will not be possible to copy. Eventually we are ready to withdraw our appeal.”
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