Ferrari has gone to town and launched a stinging attack on the (then, Max Mosley-led) FIA and the introduction of the new teams to F1.
Since the departure of Jean Todt from his post at Ferrari – and ironically, to the post of FIA President – Ferrari has assumed a very different mentality under the combined leadership of Luca di Montezemelo and Stefano Domenicali. Whereas in days past, it was very much a ‘Ferrari vs. everyone else’ mentality, the Scuderia has been a much more active force in promoting the unity of the teams and the future of the sport as a whole.
It was this in mind that we became more used to more fiery vitriol from the Ferrari camp. In the lead-up to the Monaco GP, there was strong criticism of the aspiring teams seeking entry into the 2010 F1 field, and they directly implied that Formula 1 would be reduced to the standards of the GP3 championship were this to occur.
Their latest attack takes it to a completely new level.
Using an editorial mouthpiece known as the “Horse Whisperer”, Ferrari questions the disarrayed scene around them that sees two teams – Campos and USF1, in particular – struggling to make the opening round of the 2010 race in Bahrain, while F1 has seen the departure of three key manufacturers, Honda, Toyota and BMW.
It reads: “Of the thirteen teams who signed up, or were induced to sign up, for this year’s Championship, to date only eleven of them have heeded the call, turning up on track, some later than others, and while some have managed just a few hundred kilometres, others have done more, but at a much reduced pace.” The use of the term “induced” is particularly interesting, perhaps in reference to the manner in which five of last year’s teams were forced to sign up to the 2010 championship in the midst of the budget cap debate.
Is Ecclestone the “White Knight” in question?
“As for the twelfth team, Campos Meta, its shareholder and management structure has been transformed, according to rumours which have reached the Horse Whisperer through the paddock telegraph, with a sudden cash injection from a munificent white knight, well used to this sort of last minute rescue deal.
“However, the beneficiaries of this generosity might find the knight in question expects them to fulfil the role of loyal vassal. All this means, it is hard to imagine the Dallara designed car showing its face at the Catalunya Circuit, with Sakhir a more likely venue to witness the return of the Senna name to a Formula 1 session.”
“The thirteenth team, USF1, appears to have gone into hiding in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the dismay of those like the Argentinian, López, who thought he had found his way into the Formula 1 paddock, (albeit with help from [Argentine President] Kirchner, according to the rumours) and now has to start all over again.
“Amazingly, they still have the impudence to claim that everything is hunky-dory under the starry stripy sky.”
But no one believes you anymore!
The statement then went on to express the team’s malcontent with the situation surrounding the Stefan GP team, which is hoping to secure an entry into the 2010 championship. The team recently took on former McLaren designer Mike Coughlan, the man at the centre of the “SpyGate” scandal, something that has riled both Ferrari and McLaren.
|“Next, we have the Serbian vultures. Firstly, they launched themselves into a quixotic legal battle with the FIA, then they picked the bones of Toyota on its death bed. Having got some people on board, around whom there was still a whiff of past scandals, they are now hovering around waiting to replace whoever is first to drop out of the game, possibly with backing from that very same knight in shining armour whom we mentioned earlier.”|
Ferrari lays much of the blame for the current situation firmly at the feet of former FIA President Max Mosley, who openly fought with manufacturers last year in his bid to slash costs and encourage the entry of new teams.
“This is the legacy of the holy war waged by the former FIA President. The cause in question was to allow smaller teams to get into Formula 1. This is the outcome: two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand – you can be sure it is not the hand of Adam Smith – and, as for the fourth, well, you would do better to call on Missing Persons to locate it.
“In the meantime, we have lost two constructors along the way, in the shape of BMW and Toyota, while at Renault, there’s not much left other than the name. Was it all worth it?”
This is poetic and clear in its message and timing.
I’m looking forward to the responses from those in question!
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