Mercedes has formally withdrawn their title from the following week’s Pirelli moist climate tyre take a look at at Paul Ricard. In Mercedes absence, Ferrari will take its place within the grand occasion. The cause behind Mercedes’ absence from the occasion is price issues linked to Formula 1’s $145 million price range cap.
Initially, Mercedes was slated to take part in Pirelli’s 2022 18-inch wheel growth program. However, Valtteri Bottas’ automotive crash on the Emilia Romagna GP earlier this 12 months had hindered the German-based workforce’s skill so as to add any extra expenditure. The two-day take a look at shall be held subsequent week in Southern France.
If Mercedes would haven’t withdrawn from the take a look at, it was set to pocket $400,000 credit score for collaborating within the occasion. However, it was not sufficient to scale back their concern.
“We are trying to make the budget cap, which is not trivial and we couldn’t take the costs related to the tyre test and we wouldn’t have been able to send our mechanics on such a long journey,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was quoted as saying by Motorsport.com.
Meanwhile, Mattia Binotto, Ferrari boss, was very happy to interchange Mercedes within the two-day take a look at.Binotto as soon as once more recited that 2022 is their precedence over 2021, earlier than including that serving to Pirelli develop the brand new tyres is essential for them. He additional burdened that they have been fortunate that none of their drivers suffered any casualty in Imola.
Pirelli Head of F1 and Car Racing, Mario Isola admitted that he’s involved about Formula 1’s price range cap because it might influence their growth program.Isola additionally revealed that he’s in dialogue with Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) concerning their price range cap, saying that if it is a matter this 12 months after which it could proceed to be subsequent 12 months.
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