Ferrari have attempted to deflect suggestions that the appearance of the insignia of the Italian navy on their race cars this weekend is connected to the decision by Indian legal authorities to prosecute two Italian marines over an incident earlier in the year.
The two marines - Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Gironehave - have been charged with murder over the shooting in February of two Indian fishermen in international waters off the coast of the southern Indian state of Kerala. The two men have been granted bail but must stay in India until trial.
However, the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 1 of the governing body's statutes forbids F1 cars to carry any sort of racial, political or religious at Grand Prix events.
The original statement noting the addition of the Italian naval insignia to the cars stated that "Ferrari pays tribute to one of the outstanding entities of our country, also in the hope that the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution to the situation currently involving two sailors from the Italian Navy.
A new statement on the website on Friday added: "With all the respect due to the Indian Authorities, Ferrari
wishes to make it clear that this initiative does not have, nor should it be seen as having, any political implication."
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali was asked about the matter at several times during the team principals' press conference on Friday, but he did his best to deflect questions.
"There was a press release that was done two days ago, so if you want any clarification of that, our press office is absolutely very pleased to answer to your question," he said. "There's nothing that I want to into very specifically because it's not really the place where I should do it.
"I don't think this is a matter for this press conference to discuss this subject, to be honest," he added. "As I said, if you have any questions or doubt about it, we have our press office available to you."
Pressed a third time about the matter, Domenicali strongly denied that the press releases had made any point regarding the two sailors.