The World Motor Sport Council took sides with the FIA on Friday, predictably endorsing the governing body’s settlement with Ferrari and opposing the statement released this week by seven F1 teams.

Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Renault, AlphaTauri, Racing Point and Williams joined forces to condemn a confidential agreement signed by the FIA and Ferrari.

In a statement released this week, the seven teams believe the lack of transparency regarding the FIA’s investigation into the legality of the Scuderia’s 2019 power unit calls into question the sporting authority’s governance and integrity.

Gathered in Geneva for its first meeting of the year, the WMSC – the most powerful body of the FIA which decides on motor sport’s rules and regulations, and which consists of 28 people, including FIA president Jean Todt and F1 boss Chase Carey – expressed its “unanimous support for the FIA President and the FIA Technical Department in regard to the overall management of the case”.

The WMSC also “strongly opposed any comments that undermine the reputation and image of the FIA and the Formula One World Championship”.

Get your popcorn folks, for the full-blown Ferrari-gate crisis is just getting started!

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