Ferrari Could Still Protest Past Races

Ferrari team chief Jean Todt has promised do whatever it takes to bring this year's Championship to Maranello - including protesting previous results over the legality of the Michelin tyres used by rivals.

Ferrari Could Still Protest Past Races

Ferrari team chief Jean Todt has promised do whatever it takes to bring this year's Championship to Maranello - including protesting previous results over the legality of the Michelin tyres used by rivals.

World Champion Michael Schumacher got back to winning ways in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza with his 50th win for the team to extend his title lead to three points over Williams-BMW's Juan Pablo Montoya.

But Todt admitted Ferrari could still ask for past results to be reviewed if they eventually lose the title after the Bridgestone-shod team protested the legality of their rivals' tyres ahead of the Italian race.

"It's a possibility which is open to us," said Todt. "We can use it until the 30th of November. We prefer to win on the track but then how could I lower myself to tell you if we can win it? First we need to decide if we decide to apply this possibility and then challenge.

"We know we can do it if we want. Whether we will succeed or not, that we don't know, but we will make the decision after having analysed whether it's worth doing it or not - and it is not a decision we take easily.

"Sometimes you have hard decisions to take in one sense or another, so after having thought very carefully at the highest level of our company then we will have to decide which way we want to go."

Ferrari are four points behind rivals Williams in the Constructors' Championship with two races to go after Schumacher took a calculated victory at Monza and teammate Rubens Barrichello backed him up with third place.

It completed an impressive comeback from what was their lowest point of the season at the preceding Hungarian Grand Prix, where Schumacher finished a disappointing and uncompetitive eighth and Barrichello failed to finish.

"In all honesty, after the last Grand Prix weekend I was very concerned that it was getting more and more difficult," said Todt. "We knew that if we didn't do well here this would have made the thing much more difficult.

"The result here makes it possible to fight for the next two Grands Prix."

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