F1 » Montezemolo: I want explanations

Luca di Montezemolo is keen the mistakes made in 2013, on all fronts, are not repeated when F1 enters its new era next year.

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November 29, 2013 9:11 AM

He seemed quite happy with the FIA when Ferrari had a huge influence on the rule making back in the day.

I do agree with him though that the FIA has remained static and their handling of testgate was extremely poor, also agree with the race steward comments as the penalties are far to inconsistent.

I still think RBR would have come out on top without the tyre compound change but it would have been a lot closer.

Some nonsense and some sense from Luca.


November 29, 2013 9:30 AM

It is a big step forward for Montezemolo to acknowledge that Ferrari let Alonso down in 2013. But remember that it was the same story in 2010 and 2012.

What Montezemolo should have said is that there is a management problem at the very top of his F1 team. Since Brawn & Schumacher left, Ferrari have failed to deliver a world champion despite the fact that Alonso is an outstanding driver who has always outperformed his Ferrari.

Regretfully, Italians do not seem able to match their English counterparts in F1 management skills and Montezemolo would do well to get Ross Brawn back instead of adding Raikonen to the mix.

By the way, I think that Raikonen is great but having 2 No 1's in a team is not a recipe for success.


November 29, 2013 10:25 AM

"The exact details of Montezemolo's third reason appeared unclear, but it is obvious that he remains unhappy with the policing of the sport and, in particular, the way in which Mercedes' 'private' Bridgestone test was dealt with. "

I didn't know Bridgestone was back in F1. Thanks for the heads up!

Cris Zarate

November 29, 2013 11:11 AM

To be objective is not react as a fan, and clearly some comments are very negative towards Luca cause basically they are a fan of other teams. But you have to agree to Luca about the tires.... All teams are given equal amount of time last year and early this year to test the same tires that everybody uses, but why the F did they change it.. they should have develop the car to suit the tires. Ferrari and Lotus werebthe most affected. Its clear that the tires was change to benefit one team.. And we all know what team that is


November 29, 2013 11:22 AM

Basically they were changed to benefit those that were effected most negatively , those that missed to adapt their design to the original specification of the tyre, principally they amounted to two teams (at least that mattered) but one of them even managed to miss out again on the new specification tyre even so they had a one thousand kilometre testing advantage.


November 29, 2013 11:31 AM

The biggest problem with Ferrari is that they are Italian. They do business too much with their hearts rather than their heads. They seem to do better without Italians in charge. Ie/ Ross Brawn.


November 29, 2013 11:44 AM

when the tyres changed, luca would be concerned that despite their worries, lotus still had a better car, for four seasons massa results have shown where the car is, even alonso cant win in it. they have strengthened the design team in enough time to work on the 2014 car, the competion is going to be just what we want next year, inside ferrari as well as with the other teams


November 29, 2013 12:56 PM

Average Drivers + Average Car = Average Results

To quantify the Average Drivers, Alonso tried unsuccessfully to get Webbers seat at RBR next season and was average at best in the second half of the season.

Champions never give up, look at Vettel last year in Brazil watching his championship disappear at the first corner, but he never gave up. I really don't think Alonso has the fight any more. Him and his ego will have more to sulk about next year as Kimi will not be his whipping boy like Massa was.


November 29, 2013 1:00 PM

As for the Massa penalty well the FIA never punished Alonso for overtaking with 4 wheels over the white line. Is that not things equal out over a season.

Never saw any complaints there though..................... mmmm

Ferrari trying to run the sport again.

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