Mosley Defends Ferrari, Criticises McLaren

FIA president Max Mosley has defended World Champions Ferrari over their decision to continue testing freely while their rivals limit their running during the season

Mosley Defends Ferrari, Criticises McLaren

At the same time, Mosley criticised McLaren team chief Ron Dennis for overspending.

"I'm not here to defend Ferrari," Mosley started, "but it's a little bit unfair. Everyone is saying that Ferrari has an excellent facility - they've got a test track on the doorstep and another nearby.

"Well, yes, but on the other hand the total mileage that they've done on their Bridgestones is probably a third of what the other teams have done on Michelins, because Michelin has more teams.

"And," he added, "while another team might have two wind tunnels, Ferrari has one."

Warming to his theme, Mosley continued: "Then there's a third team that only has one wind tunnel and doesn't have a test track but decided to spend I don't know how many hundred million dollars on a headquarters."

McLaren, of course, last year launched a highly advanced and lavish headquarters for the company, called Paragon.

"Well," Mosley continued, "they could have said, we'll spend $30 million on a simple test track with no pits or anything like that, and had a slightly smaller HQ.

"People make up their minds and decide what they want to do, but to complain about Ferrari having a test track when any of the top teams could have one if they wanted to, seems to me to be wrong.

"Personally, I wouldn't have spent the money on an HQ, I'd have spent it on a test track. But that's an individual's decision."

 

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