Ferrari shrugs off Red Bull's criticism

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said he is unruffled by criticisms aimed at his team by Red Bull Racing - suggesting his rivals are simply not yet used to behaving like winners

Ferrari shrugs off Red Bull's criticism

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko last week told the German media that he felt Ferrari was trying to steal his outfit's spirit - after trying to lure a number of its staff members.

Di Montezemolo had noted those comments - but said that Red Bull did not deserve a response because the outfit had won not a fraction of what Ferrari had in F1.

"I notice with pleasure that there are some small polemics," he told the media during Ferrari's Wrooom event in Italy on Friday. "I see with pleasure that someone has won a world championship and maybe he isn't yet used to win, as far as his behaviour is concerned.

"But this is part of the game, it's okay. Maybe when someone has won 10 per cent of what Ferrari has won, we'll reply. For now we look ahead calmly: may the best win."

The comments about Red Bull Racing come against the backdrop of renewed focus on the championship-winning team and whether or not it overspent in 2010 - and broke Formula 1's Resource Restriction Agreement.

Di Montezemolo said it was important not to jump to conclusions on what rivals had been up to - but claimed the situation was proof that cost caps would never work in F1.

"I take note of what I have heard and read [on the RRA], but I don't know whether this is true or not," he said. "If it is, then it would demonstrate Ferrari's stance of being against that delirious idea of a cost cap, because it's impossible to police it, especially when multinational companies are involved, who have the possibility of manufacturing in different countries.

"I think we need to have expense limits through regulations and not through a cost cap, because that's extremely difficult to keep under control. However, I repeat, I don't know if it's true that Red Bull has overspent, I don't know if it's true that McLaren did that.

"I think there's little chance to check, so it's better not to have these wrong, anachronistic limitations. It's a bit like telling a football team not to spend more than a certain amount. We must realise that F1 is the pinnacle of competition. We need to invest in technology and have regulations that limit expenses, but not through a budget."

Despite the bickering over the RRA, and controversy over HRT's departure from FOTA, di Montezemolo still thinks that there is a good team spirit in F1 - and that it is vital all parties work together to try and help grand prix racing.

"A sport like F1 must have three big reference points: the federation, as the sporting authority that enforces the regulations; the commercial part, who has the commercial rights, which is headed by [Bernie] Ecclestone; and finally a league of the various teams, which represent the teams' interests.

"It's important to have this dialogue: it seems things have brightened up. There's still the fundamental problem: F1 must remain an extreme sport at the pinnacle. It has to keep these characteristics, and this is why we need to be careful not to have a big gap between big and small teams.

"[Anyone] who races in F1 knows he needs to invest while limiting expenses and having regulations that allow for that, but that's what F1 is about."

shares
comments
Alonso on his second year at Ferrari

Previous article

Alonso on his second year at Ferrari

Next article

Di Montezemolo backs team reshuffle

Di Montezemolo backs team reshuffle
Load comments
Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material Plus

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull Plus

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Plus

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed? Plus

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed?

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner Plus

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of his death, Autosport recalls the career of an F1 and sportscar ace gone before his time

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat Plus

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat

OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Plus

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz Jr. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

Formula 1
Oct 20, 2021
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021