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Di Montezemolo critical of F1 show

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says it is 'humiliating' for Formula One that the safety car is needed to spice up the show

And despite the widespread praise the Singapore Grand Prix received, the Italian was also critical of the Asian street circuit, which hosted Formula One's first night race.

"Unfortunately when we race on tracks where staging a circus or something else would be better, anything can happen, because the spectacle is supplied by the Safety Car," di Montezemolo was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport.

"This is humiliating for F1.

"I want to talk about this with all the other teams in the upcoming weeks."

Di Montezemolo had already said ahead of the race weekend that he believed street circuits such as Singapore or Valencia were bad for the sport.

"I have the impression it will be another one of those letdowns where you cannot overtake, like Valencia," he said last week. "Going forward with these circuits heralds a bad future for Formula One."

Sunday's race, which has been pretty much uneventful until then, was turned upside down thanks to a safety car period that helped Renault driver Fernando Alonso become the seventh different winner this season against all odds.

The race was a disaster for Ferrari, who failed to score any points for the first time since 2006. The team also lost the lead in the constructors' championship while Felipe Massa dropped seven points behind Lewis Hamilton.

Di Montezemolo says, however, that he is convinced Ferrari can bounce back.

"It was a bitter day, but there are three races yet and I have faith in all Ferrari's men, who have always demonstrated they're able to fight to the last metre in every circumstance," di Montezemolo added. "We saw that last year in the final race in Brazil.

"The car is the best, Massa is the best, and I expect Raikkonen to show in these last three races to be the world champion.

"Ferrari went through times much more difficult than this. We saw throughout the weekend that our car was the best and that Massa did an extraordinary qualifying, demonstrating to be be the driver in the best shape.

"I expect Massa and Raikkonen to always finish first and second in the three remaining races. In any case, ahead of McLaren."

Di Montezemolo also said it was "obvious" that Kimi Raikkonen would have to play a supporting role to Massa now.

"That's obvious, every driver knows he races for the team," he added.

"We have extraordinary mechanics who may make mistakes once in a while. Obviously the one that did is the most displeased one now, but he deserves us to stay close to him just like to everyone else, because at other times they turned the result around.

"We are the world champions, we are still able to win. Let's see if we don't do it with these exceptional people. You'll see a great reaction at the next race already."

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