Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has called on the FIA to be vigilant around any “grey areas” in the new regulations.
New technical regulations have led to big changes to the 2014 cars, with updated aerodynamic regulations allied to V6 turbo power units introduced with complex energy recovery systems. In an open letter to the Tifosi published on the official Ferrari website, Montezemolo said the FIA would have to keep a close eye on certain areas to prevent teams exploiting potential loopholes.
“It will also be a difficult championship for the spectators to follow,” Montezemolo said. “The drivers will have to take care that they do not wear out the tyres and save fuel. I have already said that I hope they don't turn into taxi drivers and I say that with the greatest respect to taxi drivers, but they obviously do a different job. I, like all of you, love an extreme Formula 1 where technology and drivers are always on the limit.
“Such an important set of changes to the regulations is bringing some grey areas, for example fuel, software, consumption… In these I am fully expecting the FIA to be vigilant – as I'm sure they will be – to avoid any trickery, which has also taken place in the recent past but must not happen any more for the good of this sport.”
Focusing on the way Ferrari will tackle 2014, Montezemolo said he was confident the team will make significant progress throughout the year after improving its wind tunnel.
“Everyone has issues; we have lined ours up and we are in the process of resolving them. We're also putting into practice an intense plan of development, which can count on the fact that the data from the wind tunnel have been confirmed by the track comparisons, something that has not happened in recent years.”