Race Director Charlie Whiting said he was ‘amused’ by Lewis Hamilton’s post-race reference to ‘trick things’ that may have helped title rival Sebastian Vettel power his Ferrari to a convincing triumph in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Speaking in the aftermath of Sunday’s spectacular and crash-hit race, the sport’s senior racing official said he and the ruling body (FIA), were aware of all the performance elements of the Ferrari car that, as Hamilton put it, blew his Mercedes away.
"That particular comment doesn't actually say anything," said Whiting.
"Clearly they have got some things on the car which are giving it performance, which we're all aware of - all us in the FIA are aware of - and obviously we are happy with them."
"I'm quite amused by it really," he added. “Because we know quite a lot about the Ferrari car and there is no way that Lewis would know anything about the Ferrari car.
"They're doing a good job at the moment and Mercedes have got to try and counter that, haven't they?"
Hamilton, who leads Vettel by 17 points in the title chase, made his remarks immediately after Sunday’s race in which he finished second, 11 seconds adrift of Vettel, and later made clear he did not wish to insinuate that Ferrari were doing anything irregular or illegal.