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Domenicali: Two-tier F1 not good for anyone

Ferrari is behind the new teams in F1 insists Stefano Domenicali following Bahrain struggles
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali insists that the Scuderia is supportive of the newcomers to the F1 grid, insisting that a two-tier sport isn't good for anyone.

Ferrari was scathing in its criticism of the new teams prior to the start of the new campaign, with a strongly-worded statement on its official website making clear its view on the addition of Lotus, Virgin and Hispania (then Campos Meta) to the grid.

However, following the season opener in Bahrain, Domenicali said that Ferrari was supportive of the newcomers as they look to close the gap to the established teams on the grid and improve their competitiveness.

“It is necessary to look ahead so that these teams are closer,” Domenicali was quoted as telling Radio Anch'io Sport. “That there are two groups of teams with different speeds is not good for anybody.”

Lotus was the only team to have a car take the chequered flag in Bahrain, with Jarno Trulli parking up on the final lap after running into mechanical.

Virgin Racing and Hispania saw both cars retire early on.


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FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

March 17, 2010 2:35 PM

Ferrari support the new teams with engines, EMS and other stuff. His point about 2 tier is right. He's talking about not meeting the test dates and being way off the pace - the Virgin & HRT F1 car's lap times where the same as a quick GP2 car. That is all down to testing which they have not done. Fundamentally its the rules. The new teams should have been allowed to test until F1 gets to Europe

Calvin _

March 17, 2010 12:24 PM

IMO HRT should never have been allowed to race at Bahrain. Some complusory testing should be a condition of attending a race weekend. Free practice and qualifying is not an appropriate time for a shake down.



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