Formula One seems to be in a bit of a mess over it's joint statement with Ferrari. For those who haven't followed this, In the 2019 season, the Ferrari Formula One cars seemed to have a straight line speed advantage over the rest of the cars. Formula One has a set amount of fuel allowed per race. They also have a regulation on how much fuel can be fed to the engine which is monitored by a flow meter. More speed usually requires more power which requires more fuel which should show on the flow meter data. Red Bull suspected that Ferrari were manipulating the data and relayed their suspicions to the governing body. Formula One issued rules clarifications noting that it would be a violation of the sporting regulations to do that and put Ferrari under scrutiny. After that, Ferrari lost their pace in the last few races. The teams had been waiting for Formula One to make those findings public. At the end of pre-season testing, Formula One made this statement. The other teams issued their own statement this week. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/...ttlement-with-fia.2T30ZzkHTswYcgsrVDYVEz.html This is important to other teams because they get money determined by how they finish in the points. If Ferrari were cheating, the other teams feel some penalty should be applied. The participation of Ferrari is essential to Formula One so it puts the governing body in a tenuous position. Their statement was meant to assure teams that Ferrari will not be breaking the rules without saying that they were and they hoped the other teams would settle for that. It seems to have inflamed the situation. The FIA would have been better off saying that Ferrari might have been cheating but they couldn't prove it conclusively instead of announcing a confidential arrangement. The threat of court action isn't looking good.