Former FIA president Max Mosley has hit out at Ferrari and its president, Luca di Montezemolo, branding the Italian as "weak" and claiming his team wouldn't be as successful if it operated on a smaller budget.
In an interview with F1 Racing magazine, Mosley said Ferrari was not prepared to take on the other teams on a level playing field and would "fail" if a budget cap was introduced into the sport.
"Between January and May in 2008, we had a series of meetings and everyone was agreed on the cost cap and the methodology - but Ferrari were always against it," said Mosley. "I think it's because they know that if they had the same amount of money to spend as the other teams, they would fail."
Mosley and the FIA were often accused of giving Ferrari preferential treatment during his time as FIA president, but Mosley denied this was ever the case.
"We never did favour Ferrari, although there was this perception that we did," he said. "You could go to Ferrari and they would be completely honest and open with you; most of the other teams wouldn't do that."
Mosley also criticised di Montezemolo, claiming he was a "weak" character.
"Luca is very, very good with people and he's certainly a very personable, pleasant person, but in my opinion he's also a very weak character, so he's easily led."