Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has tried to distance his team from the media frenzy that has engulfed his outfit in the wake of the German Grand Prix team orders controversy, where Felipe Massa seemingly gifted the race win to team-mate Fernando Alonso.
In direct contrast to the statements issued by team principal Stefano Domenicali and its drivers, di Montezemolo has all but admitted that team orders are still part of the fabric of F1, in spite of them being banned by the FIA.
Ferrari was fined $100,000 by the sport’s governing body and possibly faces further sanctions from the World Motor Sports Council when its investigation into its alleged breach of the team orders ban and additional allegations of bringing the sport into disrepute.
Speaking via Ferrari’s official website, di Montezemolo said: “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,” he added.
Di Montezemolo was keen to stress that, in spite of the furore surrounding his team, his team had taken an emphatic 1-2 and beaten its rivals on pace, without mechanical problems intervening as they had at the team’s last race win in Bahrain.
“I am very happy for all our fans who finally, yesterday, saw two Ferraris lead from start to finish as they dominated the race,” he added. “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.”