Ferrari’s president Luca di Montezemolo has called members of the press corps to the team’s Fiorano headquarters on December 16, although not stated the reason for the invitation.
“What will he tell us?”, wondered Jean-Louis Moncet, F1 commentator for the French Auto Plus publication. “Maybe he will talk about politics.”
And it could indeed be politics as the theme of discussion, with Montezemolo regularly linked in reports about the forecasted demise of Italy’s
lothario prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.
Montezemolo’s meeting with the press will occur just two days after Berlusconi will face a no confidence motion in Italy’s state parliament “which may well bring down the government”, according to a New York Times report.
Montezemolo has been reported to have said of the Berlusconi government: “The one-man show is over.”
It is speculated the Montezemolo – who has been regularly linked with and repeatedly denied an interest in a future political career – could leave his post at the Scuderia to join a post in a coalition of parties seeking to depose the current Berlusconi-led ruling party.
What is also interesting is how Montezemolo came under fire from members of the Berlusconi government for the team’s failure to secure the Drivers’ Championship crown for Fernando Alonso, which might indicate that the leading party feels possible threatened by the rumours, should they be true.
It remains to be seen what impact a possible Montezemolo departure would have to the structure of Ferrari, and to the broader landscape of F1, with the Italian having been a key figure in establishing the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA), the lobby-group representing the twelve teams on the F1 grid.
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