LATEST F1 NEWS: Montezemolo hits back at hypocrits

By Lee Catuzzi

The Ferrari Numero Uno has today replied to the polemics generated after the German Grand Prix on Sunday.

“I am very happy for all our fans who finally, yesterday, saw two Ferraris lead from start to finish as they dominated the race,” said Luca di Montezemolo in Maranello.

“The result is down to the efforts of all our people, who never give up. Now we have to continue working like this, to improve the car so that is competitive at all the circuits we will encounter. Alonso and Massa also did very well, giving their all throughout the weekend.
The polemics are of no interest to me. I simply reaffirm what I have always maintained, which is that our drivers are very well aware, and it is something they have to stick to, that if one races for Ferrari, then the interests of the team come before those of the individual. In any case, these things have happened since the days of Nuvolari and I experienced it myself when I was Sporting Director, in the days of Niki Lauda and not just then…
Therefore enough of this hypocrisy, even if I can well believe that some people might well have liked to see our two drivers eliminate one another, but that is definitely not the case for me or indeed for our fans.”

The biggest critics of Ferrari were Eddie Jordan (BBC pundit) and Christian Horner, the Red Bull principal.

Criticism from Mr Horner is simply out of order if you think that the Red Bull team has had a quick fix to the instability that himself and the rest of his management team created by showing their loyalties to Sebastian Vettel in more than one occasion.
Wasn’t he worried then about Webber’s fans? Or the sport?
Eddie Jordan in the other hand, is simply the joker of the pack and the reason for him to be part of the BBC team is because even in Formula 1, you need a laugh.

I am not too critical of the Ferrari move, because regulations or not (and plenty have been written on the back of Ferrari’s success in the past) This is a team sport and regulations like that should not exist unless team orders affect somehow other team’s drivers.

I remember that even Coulthard (in his racing days) once agreed with team orders in Formula One, comparing it to bicycle racing were this kind of orders are constantly applied because it is in effect a team sport.

I think (and I am not alone) the FIA rule book should be revised from top to bottom because this year alone has shown some discrepancies. Do you remember the safety car in Monaco?

I personally would like to see that drivers and teams participate in writing every single rule that will eventually be applied to themselves.

One Response to “LATEST F1 NEWS: Montezemolo hits back at hypocrits”
  1. Oscar says:

    A good post that puts everything into perspective now it has all calmed down. Personally the outcome of the race didn’t bother me. As Luca says team orders have been around for years…….. and they will still be here in another 20 years so all the drivers need to just ‘deal with it’.

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