Ferrari has questioned why teams spend millions on the development of their cars only to keep the innovations that come out of it as a private matter. He says that the fastest ever cars do not appear to be that way when fans watch the races on television.
“With the effects of the pandemic, it is not possible to follow F1 except through television,” Piero Ferrari told Motorsport.com.
“We have the fastest single-seaters in history, but the images that come to us over the TV fail to give those sensations that you experience when you are at the circuit and get to see it in real life. What comes across to the people, to the fans, is something different .
"These are F1 cars that go over 330 km/h, but looking at them on the screen, you don’t have the feeling that they are doing a different speed to Formula 2.
“Then, I wonder what is the point of investing huge amounts in [technical] solutions which contribute little to the show?”
When he was asked about the fact that a great par of Formula 1’s innovations are not exposed or explained due to the teams keeping things secret, Piero said:
“Of course, because some ideas are covered by patents. But we spend terrifying amounts, and then keep everything under wraps. Can you explain to me what sense that makes?”
He declared that he is still in regular contact swith Bernie Ecclestone, former F1 boss, and that they both agree that current bosses need to address and change things to make it better and more exciting for fans and spectators. The italian added that he recently talked about this matter with Ecclestone.
“Formula 1 must be a sport that must return to offering a show that entertains fans. We have very fast single-seaters with very advanced technology, but does anybody know about it?”