Luca di Montezemolo is keen to see Rossi in a Ferrari in 2011
29 January 2010

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is keen to sign MotoGP ace Valentino Rossi for 2011 should the opportunity arise.

Rossi impressed Ferrari with his pace in a Formula One test last week and di Montezemolo says he would have no hesitation in offering the Italian a place in the Ferrari team.

“He's a friend and an undisputed champion, from Emilia-Romagna, a great fan of Formula 1 and engines, and also a potential Formula 1 champion," he said.

"If there was the possibility in 2011 and he wanted to do it and had the possibility for testing and adapting to F1, then why not?"

However, di Montezemolo’s plans depend on teams being allowed to run a third car in the championship. This is currently not allowed under the Concorde Agreement and the idea has met with disapproval from smaller teams.

The Ferrari chief believes a third car could be run as customer cars and would allow younger drivers the chance to gain valuable F1 experience.

"I spoke about the possibility of a third car, but I didn't say that Ferrari needs to have three cars," he said. "I'm well aware of the objections coming from the small teams. I was talking from the point of view of the interest of Formula 1 and of potential new entries in Formula 1.

"The third car could also be helpful for young drivers, to let them grow,” he said. “It's not right that a boy, who has never driven in Formula 1, starts into a race without training and tests. Here's the idea: I would happily give a Ferrari to an American, German or Australian team and let the car be managed by them.

"They would definitely spend less than if they had to build a car on their own from scratch. They could hand it over to a talented and strong driver or try it with a young driver with a certain potential.”

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29 January 2010

di Montezemolo is the only one who wants a third car, there is no way the other teams would agree to that. (And there is no Mosely to back Ferrari up)

It must annoy the drivers, Massa, especially. All this talk of others coming in.

Just because Rossi has done some decent test laps doesn't mean he can cut it in F1, the test restrictions will probably put paid to it.

Great start, p!ss off your drivers before the season starts!

29 January 2010

Why don't Ferrari just make their own junior team like RBR/Toro Rosso have.

Fezzo Rosso

Then they can run Rossi and someone else in that.

29 January 2010

With the increasing threat and influence of the views expressed by people like Richard, the vacuous, arrogant and ignorant showman Richard Branson, and Ecclestone, in their desire to pander to the most disinterested, transitory or tendentious viewers, F1 could well become extinct in all but name.

The stilted equalisation of teams invigorates only complacency and decay, and decimates Formula One. The returns for the genius component supplied by Newey and Brawn diminish to the extent that, eventually, they will be irrelevant.

We have gone past the point of a quantum leap backwards, and if they listen to Richard, if the leering Branson is allowed to stuff a woman into a car simply because she has a pair of boobs attached, and if the mind-boggling idea that Formula One cars should all be homogenised comes to pass, I believe and trust that teams who appreciate the true spirit of F1 will conclude that they must create their own series embodying the essential elements held sacred at the pinnacle or motorsport.

In failing to fight against the shallow interests that now invade Grand Prix racing, Ecclestone forgets that it was he who attempted, in 1978, to exploit the exotic in his Brabham BT46, and though banned almost immediately, that incident alone symbolises something fundamental to F1 that is now lost.

However, we are where we are, and the third car with Rossi would make next season much more interesting than if it isn't allowed.

This prevailing and regressive folly, to which some seem terminally blind, must soon be exposed, as we now have the madness of Anthony Hamilton setting up an academy of racers, using one-year-old F1 cars, in order to train upcoming drivers. In so doing, he'll spend all of the money that teams would otherwise use in their internal development programs; the only difference being that he will glean no technical advances from the experience.

I beg those who comment on the sport to really think about what you're buggering-up with your apathetic opinions.

29 January 2010

What the hell are you talking about?

Long words are just a cover for a lack of intelligence.

Your bush!t is pathetic as it adds nothing to the debate,

It is not in the interest of the sport to have a third car, when there are enough teams as things are.

Ferrari has no interest in the wider picture, except as long as it is in their own interest.

The same goes for the rest and anyone else involved in top level sport

29 January 2010

[quote Kev88]Why don't Ferrari just make their own junior team like RBR/Toro Rosso have[/quote]


29 January 2010

[quote Kev88]

Why don't Ferrari just make their own junior team like RBR/Toro Rosso have.


Toro Rosso was set up as a junior team under the previous rules which allowed a team to buy in a design from another team (in this case Red Bull Racing. Honda and Super Aguri had a similar setup). RBR also built a lot of the larger components for Toro Rosso (tubs, etc) while Toro Rosso built most of the smaller components.

The rules now more clearly state that each team must be a constructor in its own right, and so this year Toro Rosso have to design and build their own car. The team has been unofficially for sale for the last couple of years, but there is not really a strong market to buy the remains of Minardi right now when there have been plenty of better equipped teams falling over and being sold (Honda, BMW-Sauber, Renault) and smaller entrants forming their own teams from scratch more easily than buying a customer outfit based in Faenza.

So, short story long, Ferrari couldn't sell an F10 to another team to run under the current regulations, which is why Montezemolo wants the rules changed to allow the bigger teams to sell customer cars to smaller teams. It is the same argument which has been around since the mid-noughties, and Toro Rosso/Super Aguri were formed with this in mind. When the rules got canned, they had to get creative and find loopholes. This is also why the Prodrive-McLaren deal fell over, and why the current Force India-McLaren deal is not simply a customer car operation.

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