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Formula 1

Salo backtracks on Ferrari engine claims

The former Toyota driver caused quite the stir online after appearing to reveal Ferrari's classified engine punishment for a 2019 rule breach. However, Salo has now attempted to clear the air via an Instagram statement, claiming to have been misunderstood.

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Mika Salo has taken to social media in an attempt to clarify his bold claims about Ferrari's apparent engine punishment. The Finn, who is now an FIA steward, affirms that he was misunderstood by media outlets who reported his remarks on Twitch a few days prior.

Salo previously claimed that Ferrari's punishment for a 2019 engine irregularity was that they had to use less power throughout the 2020 season. Such comments were the first of there kind, as the FIA has remained mysteriously coy over the breech. The former F1 driver has now backtracked, however, claiming to have been misinterpreted.

“Certain comments that I made on Twitch a few days ago were interpreted in a very misleading way. I want to clarify that I do not know the details of the agreement between the FIA and Ferrari. We only talked about what had already appeared in the media", Salo stated in an Instagram video.

"It was just a stupid joke and an informal conversation between two friends. I can only say that I really don't have any clue about this contract".

The full statement put out by Salo can be found below.


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