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Ferrari will 'consider' F1 commitment post-2012

The dust from the damaging FIA/FOTA civil war back in the summer may now have finally settled in F1, but Ferrari – the top flight's longest-serving and arguably most loyal team – has dropped a hint that unless there are dramatic changes over the next few years, its ongoing participation post-2012 cannot necessarily be guaranteed.

Ferrari is the only entrant in the history of the sport to have competed in every single season since the official inception of the world championship all the way back in 1950. As with all of its rivals, the Scuderia pledged its future to F1 for at least the next three years as part of the new Concorde Agreement that resolved the long-running stand-off between the governing body and Formula One Teams' Association.

However, the illustrious Maranello-based outfit's president, Luca di Montezemolo – similarly chairman of FOTA, which as the tension reached its most critical point even threatened to launch a breakaway series free from the controversial and unloved jurisdiction of the FIA – has now revealed that he remains unhappy with the sport as it is, and promised to arrange 'a day of work with the media, the sponsors and the organisers' to 'improve' what he describes as an 'extraordinary' competition.

“We have a contract that finishes in 2012, so we have time to consider what to do next,” the Italian said in an interview with Sky Italia news channel TG24. “[F1] needs to renew, to revive the interest and to once again establish credibility with rules that do not change every day.”

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October 09, 2009 11:10 AM
Last Edited 711 days ago

Iam a Mercedes-Benz nut as everyone knows by now. So i comment in peace on this! If Luca is truly genuine about this and doesnt take uni-lateral action then iam all for change. The aero changes imposed by the FIA have made no difference at all and much to the teams expense. In addition the FIA's flagship initiative KERS has faltered with ZERO support from the FIA where they could have made the system a real boon by giving it more power or a couple of seconds more use per lap. Again the teams footed the bill for it to the tune of hundreds of millions! Then the FIA want to cut costs? Laughable. The big players Ferrari Mclaren etc need ideas quickly and implement them before F1 becomes GP2.

alex - Unregistered

October 09, 2009 12:21 PM

Good ! Luca is saying if F1 is still in this mess then a breakaway is on the cards..... But, with a decent ammount of time to sort it out, a breakaway is far more likely to succeed. :) :) :) What he really means of course is CVC get these muppets in line or game over, CVC will not let the show, their expensive gravy train derail, so they will make it get fixed by whatever means. Ferrari do not want Toad, he is Moseleys man, not Ferraris, that is why he was pushed off the Red Bridge, that is why we must get Ari running the FIA and changing it from a banana kleptocracy into the proper organisation it should be.

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