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Pauperistic approach to F1 not good - Ferrari

Luca di Montezemolo: I agree on the need to cut costs but this 'pauperistic' approach to F1 is not good. Cheap is different from inexpensive. We want F1 to be associated with innovation, with pushing technology.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has warned that the current trend for cutting costs risks going too far.

His outburst follows his recent comments that the sport is again at a 'crossroads' and that a breakaway championship could still happen post-2012, as the teams are no longer prepared to be contained in a 'Formula One prison' and want a greater share of the profits [see separate story - click here].

The Scuderia has long been one of the richest teams in the sport and current rules, particularly the restriction on testing, as well as the move to new greener engines, which will see 1.6-litre turbocharged powerplants brought in for 2013, have not been exactly well received at Maranello.

“I'm all for improving sustainability and with the four cylinder 1.6 litre turbo engine I have to accept because we don't want Ferrari always to be polemic but personally I don't like it. It is too far,” he told British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph.

“I agree on the need to cut costs but this 'pauperistic' approach to F1 is not good. Cheap is different from inexpensive. We want F1 to be associated with innovation, with pushing technology.”

Montezemolo also warned that the sport shouldn't forget its roots and ditch the traditional European venues in favour of new hi-tech venues such as the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

“[At the moment] my son can go around the world with his girlfriend for less than the price of two tickets to Monza. It's nice to have new tracks but we need to be careful. We must keep the historic circuits, like Suzuka, Sao Paulo, Silverstone and Spa. It's important to have heritage, credibility and history in F1,” he concluded.


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Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari
Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari
Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari
Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari
Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari
Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari
Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari

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ColMat - Unregistered

December 18, 2010 9:36 AM

Unfortunately F1 is also subject to the continual moaning of the "Green" contingent. These people do not necessarily have the strongest case, just the biggest mouths! F1 should be about pushing the limits of the drivers and the technology without any consideration to cost.. Only by these team spending vast sums of money will we, the normal motorist, benefit from the technological advances.

nossense - Unregistered

December 18, 2010 11:16 AM

First. Before being Ferrari President, Luca was in the 70's Ferrari F1 team principal...under wich Ferrari got the last tittles until the MS era... If someone is to open the mouth about F1 is this guy... So please shut your fcking mouth and hear what's the point he is trying to make. I should add: - 80% of F1 incomes are dragged to Bank Owners of the F1 logo... - F1 is becoming cheap and overrelyable instead of pushing he limits of technology: the hardcore of this bussiness. - The show is getting boring each year, only to be faked with the latest artificial meassure to "help" overtaking: Kers, moving wings, etc... - This F1 prison has been abandoned by MOST of manufacturers: BMW, TOYOTA, HONDA, PEUGEOT. Profit isn't there and rules had been dictated just to "freeze" the differences on engine performances: performance prison. Now lobotobize your cracking nutcase head...



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