Ferrari Unlikely to Succeed in Retrospective Protest

Ferrari are unlikely to be successful if they attempt to protest previous results over the legality of Michelin tyres, a source close to the sport's governing body the FIA said today.

Ferrari Unlikely to Succeed in Retrospective Protest

Ferrari are unlikely to be successful if they attempt to protest previous results over the legality of Michelin tyres, a source close to the sport's governing body the FIA said today.

Michelin, who supply Ferrari's title rivals Williams and McLaren, have been forced to bring a new compound to the Italian Grand Prix after the reigning champions protested at the Hungarian race three weeks ago.

Bridgestone-shod Ferrari complained to the FIA that the Michelin tyres used by Williams and McLaren were illegal after the race and rumours at Monza suggested a retrospective protest.

But a source close to the FIA said: "It is inconceivable that a right of review would be successful because of a significant lack of evidence."

Ferrari have won the constructors' title for the past four years and driver Michael Schumacher has lifted the last three Drivers' Championships. This year, however, Schumacher is just one point ahead of Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya with McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen a point further back in third place.

In the constructors' standings, Williams took over at the top after the Hungary race and stand eight points clear of Ferrari, who have a six-point advantage over McLaren.

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