Ferrari’s Montezemolo unhappy

Luca di Montezemolo has made it clear that he’s still
unhappy with the outcome of the Mercedes ‘tiregate’
saga – and has taken digs at both the FIA and Bernie
Ecclestone.

Montezemolo was speaking in an interview with Italy’s
Corriere della Sera, later republished on Ferrari’s
own website. While enthusing about the change in the balance
between aero and powertrains in 2014 he also welcomed the return of
testing.

“We will finally have testing again and not a farce like
what we saw this year with one team doing illegal testing, without
even paying the right penalty for it,” he said. “In
this case, I would have expected more clarity and courage from the
FIA.

“On the other hand, the benefits gained by the team that
carried out the secret banned testing are watched by everyone.
Before then, it had not won a single Grand Prix, then after the
test it won three out of five races. These are the sort of serious
incidents that affect F1’s credibility and alter the
championship.”

Montezemolo made further reference to the Mercedes affair when
asked about the future of Bernie Ecclestone.

“Sooner or later a generational change always occurs.
It’s not too long until we reach the post-Ecclestone era for
reasons of statistics. As for the rest, I don’t want to talk
about it. We will have to prepare for a new cycle, capable of
tackling the urgent matters and the need for a new F1.

“I believe the management of this sport, which let’s
not forget is not just a show, should be entrusted to a group of
men open to new ideas, who know about racing but also about
marketing and communications and are sensitive to the demands of
the fans, those who come to the circuits and therefore pay for the
tickets and those who watch on TV, while being able to involve the
sponsors and not alienate them.

“But be careful, I don’t want to have discussions
with Ecclestone, I have had some in the recent past, because he was
too talkative on the subject of Ferrari, but surprisingly silent on
the subject of the illegal tests carried out by Mercedes. I know
Bernie’s strengths and weaknesses, but let’s be very
clear on one point, no one else will ever do for Formula 1 what
Ecclestone has done.”

As for the recent changes by Pirelli, he added: “No
polemics, but I have only pointed out that I don’t feel
it’s right to change the type of tire at the midpoint of the
season, for cars designed and developed with different tires, which
is another element that contributes to organizing the hierarchy.
And who knows if for next season, for which studies and preparation
are already underway, there could not be further changes. We need
clarity.”