Ferrari has renewed its verbal assault on the rule-makers of F1, arguing in the wake of last weekend's British Grand Prix that race stewards are arbitrary and 'always penalise in one direction', with double world champion Fernando Alonso adding that the current in-season testing ban stifles creativity and leaves designers and engineers with their 'hands tied'.
The Spaniard received a drive-through penalty at Silverstone for overtaking Renault rival Robert Kubica on the grass at Club corner and then neglecting to give the place back again as per the letter of the regulations, and the timing of his punishment – coming just as the safety car appeared to clear up the debris from Pedro de la Rosa's damaged rear wing – meant the Oviedo native fell virtually to the back of the order, from where he could recover to only 14th at the chequered flag.
Coming hot on the heels of his and Ferrari's well-publicised indignation at the perceived 'injustice' of the 'manipulated' European Grand Prix in Valencia a fortnight earlier – when Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa effectively came off far worse for having respected the safety car rules than did McLaren-Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton for disobeying them – there have now been further noises about unfair treatment of the Scuderia
at the hands of the FIA.
In the wake of the British Grand Prix, Ferrari's website writer claims it is 'fact' that 'decisions are taken slowly' by F1 officials, agreeing with articles in Italian publications La Gazzetta dello Sport
and Il Giornale
that contend that the race director and stewards 'always penalise in one direction', are 'legitimised to do what they want' and that 'there remains the suspicion that too often, when it concerns a grey area in the rules, those rules are dealt with according to who is to be penalised'.
Alonso, for his part, has criticised the lack of testing possible this year due to the top flight's cost-cutting drive, fearing it is hampering his chances of challenging for a third world title as there is less opportunity to improve the F10, which presently lags behind both Red Bull Racing's RB6 and McLaren's MP4-25 in terms of out-and-out performance – but the 22-time grand prix-winner remains optimistic regarding his prospects for Hockenheim and the Hungaroring next up on the 2010 calendar.
“The goal is always to win, but it's not so easy,” the 28-year-old told his national press. “You cannot invent new things without testing. There is little room for creativity; our technicians have their hands tied.
“We want to be fighting for pole position in Germany and Hungary, though. The German track has quite simple corners, so I am expecting a grand prix with very close times.”