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Ferrari 'trusts FIA' over Mercedes decision

11 June 2013

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says the Italian team has faith that the FIA will make the right decision when it comes to the hearing of the FIA's International Tribunal later this month.

The governing body confirmed yesterday [Monday] that the hearing would take place on 20 June where it would be decided if any further action is to be taken against Mercedes and Pirelli over the tyre test that took place in Barcelona following the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ferrari has already been cleared by the FIA over its own test following the race in Bahrain, as that test took place using its 2011 car rather than its current machine – as was the case with the Mercedes test – and di Montezemolo said he felt confident that the right decision would now be made when it comes to handing out any penalties on Mercedes.

“We have faith in the FIA,” he said. “I do not wish to comment, but I note with satisfaction that the Federation is following this incident well.

“Let's hope Formula 1 can maintain its professionalism and we have faith that those who attempt to circumvent the regulations are pursued and prosecuted, or rather more prosecuted than pursued.”

Focusing on the action on-track di Montezemolo said he was sure that Ferrari would be able to fight back in the title race having lost ground to Red Bull again over the course of the weekend in Montreal.

“As for us, we know exactly what we must do to win,” he said. “Between today and tomorrow, I will hold a long and detailed meeting with Domenicali and all the engineers: they know what we must do to improve and I am convinced that right to the very last race, Ferrari will be competitive and a contender, that we will not give up and that we have all the elements in place to improve.

“A super-Saturday? Yes, but even just a normal one would do: it would be enough to see a car capable of getting comfortably onto the first two rows of the grid, not necessarily on pole, because from there, we can win the race. On Sunday, we saw Alonso produce another amazing race, with Ferrari running as a contender. We can but hope that in future, it might be a bit hotter on the race weekends…”


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