Reports in the Italian media have suggested that Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo could be preparing to leave his position with the Scuderia for a career in politics.

With the current government headed by Silvio Berlusconi in crisis and facing a vote of no confidence later this month, reports suggest that di Montezemolo - who has repeatedly ruled out a political career - could switch his focus to take up a post in a coalition seeking to gain control from the current ruling party.

Di Montezemolo has become a popular figure in Italy for the way in which he has carried Ferrari back to success in F1 since taking up the role of president back in 1991, while the 63 year old also played a key role in organising the football World Cup back in 1990 prior to returning to Maranello - where he has held the position of team manager earlier in his career.

Should di Montezemolo elect to leave Ferrari to pursue a political career, then it remains to be seen what impact it would have on the F1 team given the need to find a replacement while it could have a major impact on the sport as a whole given di Montezemolo's role in helping to create the Formula One Teams' Association.

Rumours of a political career could go some way to explaining why di Montezemolo came under fire from a member of Berlusconi's cabinet over Ferrari's failure to secure the drivers' title in Abu Dhabi, where Fernando Alonso went into the weekend as championship leader only to lose out to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

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