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Alesi: Standardised F1 engine idea `absurd`.

Jean Alesi has come out in support of his former employers Ferrari over the Scuderia's threat to walk away from Formula 1 if the sport's governing body pushes ahead with its standardised engine initiative.

Ferrari issued a statement explaining that should such a move be pursued – thereby removing for F1's major car manufacturers the very raison d'être of competing in the top flight – it 'would have to re-evaluate…the viability of continuing its presence in the sport' [see separate story – click here].

The Maranello-based outfit has been a mainstay of F1 ever since the official inception of the world championship back in 1950. Should it indeed withdraw its support, it would be a significant blow to the sport's future credibility – particularly in the light of FIA President Max Mosley's admission that Ferrari is the most important of the ten teams involved [see separate story – click here].

“I have exactly the same thoughts as Ferrari,” revealed Alesi – who competed for the scarlet cause from 1991 to 1995, famously and emotionally achieving his sole grand prix success at Montreal in Canada in his final year there – in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa.

“It's an absurd idea, because with a standard engine you would not be contesting a real constructors' championship.

“Ferrari is F1's flagship, and whoever has proposed this is not thinking about what is good for Ferrari nor F1. With standard engines, Maranello would be right to step out.”

The Frenchman – now participating in the Middle Eastern Speedcar Series – in fact went even further, claiming the FIA's controversial proposal should not only be 'withdrawn', but that the governing body should publicly 'apologise' for even having made the suggestion in the first place, the 44-year-old dismissing the current global credit crunch as an acceptable justification.

“It has nothing to do with it,” Alesi insisted. “Rather it is a very deep and very complicated political issue, about which I do not want to say any more.

“It goes for all manufacturers. It is in effect asking BMW, Toyota or Mercedes to sack their engineers and buy an engine from the supermarket.”

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Diarmuid - Unregistered

October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

I assume you are being sarcastic when you say Jean who. He was regarded as one of the most talented rookies ever in the sport as he showed numerous times in his early years and particularly when it was wet. He could have been world champion had he decided to join Williams instead of Ferrari when he had the chance to do so. The fact he chose Ferrari over a far superior team shows how much he loves them and understands what Ferrari is all about. Therefore, he is a perfect person to comment on the situation.

Alonso uber Alles - Unregistered

October 29, 2008 3:50 PM

Jean WHO? Not to pick on poor old Alesi (trying poorly to look young) but I think everyone except poor old whipped-a$$ Max and Bernie the Gnome support all EVERY manufacturer pulling out with a mono powerplant F1 directive. It rather becomes an oxymoron if F1 cars all have the same engine. Slow news day ......

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