Ferrari was pressing for the return of the last year Pirelli compounds. Indeed the SF90 has been struggling significantly so far with keeping the current specifications within the optimal temperature window. The proposal was shot down in June as it reached a 50:50 split, while the approval required a 70 percent threshold.
Interviewed by Autosport, Ferrari's boss Mattia Binotto claimed that the current decision making process is non-sense, pointing out, in particular, how the current 70% threshold is too high, making extremely difficult to resolve issues during the Formula 1 season.
"The current process for me looks wrong," Binotto affirmed. "Because, there were the tyres which are for the season, to change them you need 70 percent of the team in agreement.
"If we could first decide for the season what should be the spec at 70 percent [of team approval], that then I'm happy that we can revert at 70 percent”.
The Ferrari’s boss continued remarking how a single team has not power to lobby for changes in the actual scenario.
"But here at the moment we have no power on, let me say, what could be the tyre choice for the season, and then we can only at 70 percent change it."
Binotto has claimed earlier in the season how he felt ashamed over the decision outcome, suggesting that the return to the previous Pirelli compound would have allowed to close the gap between Mercedes and its main contenders, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Nevertheless, the Ferrari’s team principal underlined how his criticism is not directed to Pirelli as he appreciates the efforts by the Italian tyre manufacturer to meet the team requirements and needs over the season.
"It's nothing to do with Pirelli, I think they're trying to do their best," Binotto continued.
"We've got a target letter where we are trying to specify what should be the tyre specification, the target letter didn't exist in years [past].
"Today they're always trying to improve how to approach the technical exercise.
"[But the] target letter [is] only indicating what should be tyre degradation, what should be the delta laptime between the compounds, but it's certainly not specifying which should be the working range, et cetera.
"In that respect again we cannot blame Pirelli.
"Certainly today the tyres are difficult to warm up, very narrow window, overheating when they are sliding or when you are behind another car.
"So is that something that should be done differently or improved for the future? Yes.
"Again, I don't think Pirelli should try to support or help a [particular] team, I think they should try to deliver the best product for the F1, then I think we should as well understand what's the best process, to make sure that we are not falling into a situation as we are this season."