Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto calls out FIA after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen plan emerges

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Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto has questioned whether Formula 1’s budget cap is “sufficient” after Max Verstappen confirmed that Red Bull are working on a new chassis which will make their car lighter.

Speaking after his win at the Belgian Grand Prix, which saw his lead at the top of the driver standings increase to 93 points ahead of second-placed Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, Verstappen was asked about reports Red Bull were looking to get rid of some excess weight by building a new chassis.

When asked if it was coming, Verstappen told Sky Sports there will be one “later on in the year”, before admitting he does not know “the exact number” when it comes to how much lighter it will make his car.

And Binnotto was shocked by news, stating that Ferrari are unable to do something similar because of the budget cap and suggesting the budget cap needs to be monitored more closely as “only a few people at the FIA keep an eye on it”.

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Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto calls out FIA after Red Bull's Max Verstappen plan emerges

Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto is not happy with Red Bull (Image: GETTY)

He said: “We could never afford to develop a lightweight chassis – or any other chassis – during the season because the budget doesn’t allow it. I would be very surprised if that were possible for other teams.

“You have to ask yourself whether the monitoring is sufficient. Unfortunately, very few people keep an eye on it at the FIA. That needs to improve for the future. It would be really bad if the championship were decided by the financial rules.”

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Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto calls out FIA after Red Bull's Max Verstappen plan emerges

Max Verstappen has confirmed Red Bull are working a new lighter chassis for their car (Image: GETTY)

For Ferrari, Carlos Sainz finished third in Belgium while Leclerc ended up in sixth after he was hit with a post-race five-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane which saw him drop behind Fernando Alonso. 

And when asked about his title prospects after the race, Leclerc admitted: “It starts to look very difficult, especially with the pace [Red Bull] have shown this weekend, it’s going to be very, very difficult. But I’ll keep my head down, try to focus race by race and try to do my best.”

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