Luca di Montezemolo has made his first public comments over Ferrari's actions at the German Grand Prix by insisting that 'the interests of the team come before those of the individual'.
In a statement on Ferrari's website following the 'splendid one-two finish' at Hockenheim, di Montezemolo also insisted that he had no interest in the controversy that surrounded the team's decision to ask Felipe Massa to move over and let Fernando Alonso take victory at Hockenheim and hit out at the hypocrisy of those people who have come out to criticise the decision taken.
Ferrari has come underfire for its decision to impose team orders during the race, with Massa having led the way from the start before a coded message on the radio led to him moving over to allow Alonso through into the lead of the race.
Despite denying the use of team orders after the race, Ferrari was fined $100,000 by the FIA and could still face further sanctions from the governing body when it appears before the World Motor Sport Council.
Di Montezemolo however was unrepentant over what happened at Hockenheim and said he was delighted to see his team back on top of the F1 podium for the first time since the season opener in Bahrain.
“I am very happy for all our fans who finally, yesterday, saw two Ferraris lead from start to finish as they dominated the race,” he said. “The result is down to the efforts of all our people, who never give up. Now we have to continue working like this, to improve the car so that is competitive at all the circuits we will encounter. Alonso and Massa also did very well, giving their all throughout the weekend.
“The polemics are of no interest to me. I simply reaffirm what I have always maintained, which is that our drivers are very well aware, and it is something they have to stick to, that if one races for Ferrari, then the interests of the team come before those of the individual. In any case, these things have happened since the days of Nuvolari and I experienced it myself when I was sporting director, in the days of Niki Lauda and not just then.
“Therefore enough of this hypocrisy, even if I can well believe that some people might well have liked to see our two drivers eliminate one another, but that is definitely not the case for me or indeed for our fans.”