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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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Leslie Brook 2 July 2010

Re: Ferrari: 'F1 hurt by Euro GP'

david RS wrote:

Ban the radio!

Ban the pit stops!

Ban that stupid track of Valencia!

Ban the annual rule changes! I may have rose tinted glasses, but in my mind at least F1 evolved from Chapman's first Cosworth Engined Lotus to the Turbo era with no real regulation changes. Yes, they banned the wings on sticks and the sucker car, but we had 6 wheeled Tyrrells, Brabhams with surface cooling, V8's and V12's, V6 and 4 Cylinder Turbos all racing each other. Most of the innovations that made F1 so great would be outlawed after one race today.

david RS 2 July 2010

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It's what I say : nowadays and for several years the FIA promotes the overtakings in the pits.

And most of the pilots manage their rythm themselves or by that stupid(!) radio.

Peter Cavellini 2 July 2010

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But this is the problem, if Alonso had passed him IN THE PITS!,F1 races are mostly won on pit stops these days, there are few races won on the track with a stunning last few laps or a daring last corner manouvre, personally i'm beginning to think that Alonso has lost his edge again and if things don't improve at Ferrari he'll wriggle out of his contract AGAIN!,his best racing was when he raced for Renault.