Ferrari boss di Montezemelo declares himself happy with the weekend's events

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo has said that he backs the team’s decision to use team orders to allow Fernando Alonso to win the German GP.

He told fans that he has “no interest” in the controversy that has flared up since Sunday’s race and instead said he was delighted by Ferrari’s domination of the race and praised his drivers’ performances.

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Speaking on Ferrari’s official website di Montezemelo 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.”

Ferrari was fined $100,000 (£65,000) and faces an FIA World Motor Sport Council investigation for imposing illegal team orders and for bringing the sport into disrepute.

Di Montezemelo said that Ferrari’s actions were justified and an intrinsic part of motor racing: “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."

He added: "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."

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28 July 2010

Luca, just doesnt get it does he!? but then he always has been a complete idiot anyway!

In the days of Nikki L, THERE WASNT A RULE BANNING TEAM ORDERS!!!! there is now and Ferrari flouted it!!

The rule is plain as day and they ignored it (it doesn't matter if its a stupid rule, it simply IS A RULE)

28 July 2010

this is hardly news, ofcourse the Ferrari President backs team orders, Autocar are you having a slow week?

28 July 2010

Here's what Luca doesn't get:

People like Massa more than Alonso.

28 July 2010

Oh grow up. What people? Not the people of Spain, presumably. Nor the people of South America, either - excepting, obviously, the one country on the entire continent, which is to say Massa's home country, where they speak Spanish rather than Portuguese - and since when did team bosses have to pay lip service to the idea that race fans such as yourself 'like' one driver more than another? F1 is a business, punters are just punters, and Luca as you call him has only one objective which is to maximise shareholder value by doing whatever it takes to get the money in. Leave the romance to the gurls.

28 July 2010

I'll tell you what this is all about. There were some rather nasty-looking types in the back of Ferrari's pit garage at Hockenheim, wearing dark shades and suspiciously sharp suits. My reading of the situation is this: FIAT S.P.A. and all its subsidiaries (including Ferrari GP) are rotten to the core with Mafia, and there's an illegal betting cartel calling the shots (hence the last-minute Alonso win - if Massa had won, the cartels would have stood to lose a lot of money).

Not saying that's fact - just a possibility.

28 July 2010

[quote Vidge 123]

Luca, just doesnt get it does he!? but then he always has been a complete idiot anyway!

In the days of Nikki L, THERE WASNT A RULE BANNING TEAM ORDERS!!!! there is now and Ferrari flouted it!!

The rule is plain as day and they ignored it (it doesn't matter if its a stupid rule, it simply IS A RULE)

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Yeah, they got their punishment, which McLaren didn't get in '08 when Heikki parked up and had a picnic for Hammy to whiz by. If anything, Ferrari have been hard done by

Now, climb down off your high horse and shut your gob

By the way, THANKS FOR THE BLOCK CAPITALS.

28 July 2010

Its more about Santander sponsorship that left McLaren a year after Alonso left Mclaren and they have not been winning since the start of the season a bit like when Alonso was at McLaren...........oooh is there a thread here. Alonso is the Santander Boy and Massa is just the guy who has been at Ferrari for a bit.... No1 and No2

As for Luca backing his team, well he would but he is also saying that lieing after the race is OK and breaking the rules is OK.

I wish they would just get in the cars and race hard.

28 July 2010

What else should we expect but arrogance from Ferrari.
No team orders is a rule in F1. However Ferrari just ignores it. Someone mentioned it before and I agree with them.

The team should have the points removed which would hurt much more.

This has nothing to do with who is the better driver and who likes who. It's about obeying race rules.

28 July 2010

[quote Pistachio]

Its more about Santander sponsorship that left McLaren a year after Alonso left Mclaren and they have not been winning since the start of the season a bit like when Alonso was at McLaren...........oooh is there a thread here. Alonso is the Santander Boy and Massa is just the guy who has been at Ferrari for a bit.... No1 and No2

As for Luca backing his team, well he would but he is also saying that lieing after the race is OK and breaking the rules is OK.

I wish they would just get in the cars and race hard.

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Which would of course have a ring of truth, except for the fact Santander continue to sponsor McLaren.

28 July 2010

Like the conspiracy theory about Mafia betting rings. You've still got to take a chance on your team winning, but teams know after qualifying (or even before that) whose car is best suited to any particular track. If you also know from the inside that one driver is going to get the 'after you Claude' treatment, you're certainly tweaking the odds in your favour as you'll know not to put any money down on the other guy.

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