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.