Ferrari boss says the reputation of F1 has been hurt by the result of the European GP

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes the result of the European grand prix could damage the reputation of Formula One.

He said on Ferrari’s official website that his team “paid a price that was too high for respecting the rules”.

Ferrari believes Lewis Hamilton’s drive through penalty for overtaking the safety car was given too late, allowing the McLaren driver to keep his second place. Fernando Alonso, who stayed behind the safety car, could only finished ninth.

Nine other drivers were penalised with five-second penalties after the race for breaking safety car rules, a penalty di Montezemolo believes was too lenient.

“Those who didn’t follow the rules were penalised by the race officials in a way that was less severe than the damage suffered by those who did respect them,” he said.

He described the weekend’s events as “very serious and unacceptable”, claiming they create “dangerous precedents, throwing a shadow over the credibility of Formula One”.

“We are sure that the FIA will fully analyse what happened, taking the consequent necessary decisions,” he added. “Ferrari will watch this with interest.”

Tom Gregory

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30 June 2010

Luca di Montezemolo should shut up, all he does is moan!

30 June 2010

Too bad. Both Hamilton and McLaren are British. Had it been Kobayashi, he would've had his license revoked.

30 June 2010

Its Ferrari that's hurting F1 with its constant whingeing and not accepting the Stewards' rulings when it suits them. Ferrari haven't got the pace and it appears would prefer to gain points through trying to get others penalised rather than by any racing ability of their own.

30 June 2010

sour grapes i think

30 June 2010

Maybe Luca di Montezemolo should setup a Ferrari championship. That way he'd be able to run more cars, set his own rules and have 3 Ferrari's on the podium each week.

30 June 2010

Valencia would have hurt F1 again if it were another boring race. I'll admit I've only watched the first 20 laps, but you've got to thank Webber for making something of the race. Otherwise it would have been so dull....

Alonso should wipe that chip off his shoulder.....

30 June 2010

You've all forgotten that the F in F1 stands for Ferrari. Well in the mind of Mr Montezemolo anyhow ;-)

30 June 2010

[quote haji]Too bad. Both Hamilton and McLaren are British. Had it been Kobayashi, he would've had his license revoked.[/quote]

Er... the same British team who've had a rather large number of decisions made against them over the last few years, including having every single constructors' championship point taken away not so long ago (along with the largest fine in sporting history)? Kobayashi, on the other hand, has gotten away with quite a bit.

What is it with people on this website constantly pumping out "preferential treatment for the British" complaints? It also happens every time a Jag or Aston gets a good review.

30 June 2010

I agree with all the posters here, I do not understand why F1 believes Ferrari is so important to the sports future. I would let them leave, in the years I have been watching F1 Ferrari have been a team I have never liked, they always seem to believe they are superior to the other teams. Lewis broke the rules, it was clearly not dangerous and was borderline. He got a penalty and he served it.

30 June 2010

Credibility? Do me a favour.....

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