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Ferrari’s war with the FIA not over, apparently.

Here is an amuzing article that was posting on Ferrari’s official website yesterday.

The Horse Whisperer – For whom the bell tolls

Maranello, 22nd February – Only less than three weeks to go until the ultimate form of motor sport, the Formula 1 World Championship, gets underway, while celebrating its sixtieth birthday this year. For many of the teams, this coming week is a crucial one, as the bell rings to signal the final lap, with the last test session getting underway in Barcelona. It is one last chance to run the cars on track, to push reliability to the limit and to try and find some performance. That’s the situation for many teams but not for all of them. Of the thirteen teams who signed up, or were induced to sign up, for this year’s Championship, to date only eleven of them have heeded the call, turning up on track, some later than others, and while some have managed just a few hundred kilometres, others have done more, but at a much reduced pace. As for the twelfth team, Campos Meta, its shareholder and management structure has been transformed, according to rumours which have reached the Horse Whisperer through the paddock telegraph, with a sudden cash injection from a munificent white knight, well used to this sort of last minute rescue deal. However, the beneficiaries of this generosity might find the knight in question expects them to fulfil the role of loyal vassal. All this means, it is hard to imagine the Dallara designed car showing its face at the Catalunya Circuit, with Sakhir a more likely venue to witness the return of the Senna name to a Formula 1 session.

The thirteenth team, USF1, appears to have gone into hiding in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the dismay of those like the Argentinian, Lopez, who thought he had found his way into the Formula 1 paddock, (albeit with help from chairwoman Kirchner, according to the rumours) and now has to start all over again. Amazingly, they still have the impudence to claim that everything is hunky-dory under the starry stripy sky.

Next, we have the Serbian vultures. Firstly, they launched themselves into a quixotic legal battle with the FIA, then they picked the bones of Toyota on its death bed. Having got some people on board, around whom there was still a whiff of past scandals, they are now hovering around waiting to replace whoever is first to drop out of the game, possibly with backing from that very same knight in shining armour whom we mentioned earlier.

This is the legacy of the holy war waged by the former FIA president. The cause in question was to allow smaller teams to get into Formula 1. This is the outcome: two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand – you can be sure it is not the hand of Adam Smith – and, as for the fourth, well, you would do better to call on Missing Persons to locate it. 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?

Again, this came from Ferrari. Their official website. It is believed that Luca Cordero di Montezemolo wrote this, uh, eye opening article. However, whomever is responsible for this article deserves to be scolded by Ferrari’s PR department.

Why is this article a bad thing? Fans all over the internet are condeming it and rightfully so, because this article has many suspect phrases. “Serbian vultures” is probably the phrase that sticks out the most, and it has an air of xenophobia about it. The author (again, thought to be Montezemolo) should have known better! They have blasted entities in Formula One in the past over doing stupid things, but this article just reeks of wrong doing and hypocrisy. Shame on you, Ferrari.

While I respect Ferrari for bringing up Campos and USF1, I am not impressed by how they appear to slag Lotus and Virgin, two of the new teams who have very competent looking cars. They may not get very far off the back of the grid at first, but Lotus and Virgin are going to be on the grid and competing, and that is not something you should disrespect. Campos looks very likely to make the grid now as mentioned, but I still feel that Ferrari is being too hard on them.

As for USF1, I agree that they are certainly done for, and the way in which that team has mismanaged itself is apalling. This is the only point that I will agree with Ferrari on. I fully expect to write about the demise of USF1 in a few days when it is revealed that the team is no more.

The other side of the article is Ferrari’s obvious swipe at the FIA. It is a well known fact that towards the end of his term, Mosley was not well liked by Ferrari, and Luca di Montezemolo proved that. Now that Ferrari’s former team principal Jean Todt is the FIA President, you would think that Ferrari would be a little more lenient with their FIA bashing, but it appears not. I don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish, but I certainly hope that they don’t start a “crusade” against the FIA just over new teams.

Anyway, just wanted to talk about that ridiculous article. Ferrari, you upset quite a few fans today. For the sake of your reputation as a world class brand, don’t do that again!

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