Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has made clear his support of controlling F1 costs as discussions about the new Concorde Agreement and the future of the sport continue in the background.
Di Montezemolo used his company’s website to send out a clear message, while also expressing support for the FIA.
“The world economic situation and that of Europe in particular, is very serious and the world of Formula 1 cannot ignore the fact,” he was quoted as saying. “We cannot lose any more time – we need to tackle urgently and with determination the question of costs. Ferrari is in agreement with the FIA’s position that drastic intervention is required. We are absolutely convinced that, as I have always said, the teams and the commercial rights holder must work together with the Federation on this front.
“This is no longer the moment for getting bogged down in sterile discussions or the meanderings of engineers, usually only concerned in defending the interests of someone or other. The question has to be tackled at the highest level, without further delay.”
Meanwhile Di Montezemolo said he had no complaints about Ferrari’s failed strategy in Canada, seeing positives in the fact that the team was in contention for a win until the closing stages of the race.
“I am not used to dealing with regrets as I prefer to always look forwards. In Montreal, I saw a team with a great will to win and that was seen right to the very end, maybe even taking some risks that might have been excessive.
“To see a Ferrari fighting for the win right to the end is just what I want to see and so do our fans. I am pleased with the progress seen over these past few races, but my thoughts and all the efforts of the Scuderia are already focussed on Valencia and then Silverstone, where we must make further steps forward. We must continue down this road, aware, as I am keen to repeat one more time, that success in this championship depends only on ourselves.”