An angry Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Piero Ferrari, son of the legendary Italian marque's founder Enzo, have hit back at comments made by an Italian politician regarding the Scuderia's
misguided strategy call in last weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that arguably cost Fernando Alonso the F1 2010 crown.
In the aftermath of the race around the Yas Marina Street Circuit – one in which Alonso took the chequered flag just seventh, paying the price for an erroneous early pit-stop as his team elected to cover Mark Webber rather than race leader and eventual world champion Sebastian Vettel, and thereafter proving unable to overtake Renault rookie Vitaly Petrov – an emotional Roberto Calderoli launched a scathing attack on di Montezemolo in particular.
Accusing Ferrari of having 'managed to lose a championship already won', Calderoli – who serves in the cabinet of controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – went on to state that the country was 'ashamed of this insane strategy' and chastised di Montezemolo as the 'guilty' party, adding that 'he should get out of Maranello immediately so he does no further harm to Ferrari' [see separate story – click here
It is criticism that has received short shrift indeed from its subject.
“When the statesman Calderoli will achieve in his life one per cent of what Ferrari has done for this country in terms of industry and sports, then he'll deserve an answer,” declared a palpably unimpressed di Montezemolo.
“I'm astonished and saddened by certain statements some politicians and a minister of the Italian Republic made after the race,” added Ferrari. “It has never happened in my entire life at Ferrari that politicians intervened during good and bad moments in our life in motorsport, and I want it to stay like this – but if we want to have a look at how much Ferrari has done for Italy's image around the world, then I can only say that it is definitely much more than certain politicians have done!”