Ferrari calls out F1 governing body over new teams

Ferrari calls out F1 governing body over new teams

Published Feb. 23, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

Ferrari has severely criticized Formula One governing body the International Automobile Federation (FIA) over their decision to allow new teams to enter F1 for the 2010 season.

In a column published on the official Ferrari Web site Tuesday, the Italian team attacked FIA for encouraging struggling newcomers like Campos and US F1 instead of supporting old hands such as BMW and Toyota, who have both left the sport.

"Of the 13 teams who signed up, or were induced to sign up, for this year's Championship, to date only 11 of them have heeded the call, turning up on track (for testing), some later than others, and while some have managed just a few hundred kilometers, others have done more, but at a much reduced pace," the Ferrari column titled "The Horse Whisperer" claimed.

The Ferrari column attributed blame for the current problems to former FIA president Max Mosley, who argued with established manufacturers such as Ferrari last season over his plans to bring in new teams.

"This is the legacy of the holy war waged by the former FIA president," the column continued. "The cause in question was to allow smaller teams to get into Formula One.

"This is the outcome: two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third (Stefan Grand Prix) is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand... and, as for the fourth (US F1), well, you would do better to call on Missing Persons to locate it," the release said.

"In the meantime, we have lost two constructors along the way, in the shape of BMW and Toyota, while at Renault, there's not much left other than the name. Was it all worth it?"