Luca di Montezemolo has taken a pop at both the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone in an Italian TV interview, which has been excerpted on the Ferrari website.
Never afraid to speak his mind, the Italian marque’s president said that Jean Todt has to make changes in his second term as the head of the FIA.
“Todt will be reconfirmed and I expect strong changes,” he said. “Because for too many years the Federation has always been the same and, as in everything, a change is required. Having said that, a strong sporting authority is always a priority for Ferrari.”
He also had a dig at the FIA with regard to the drive through penalty Massa received in Brazil.
“I think it was disproportionate and unjust, as was Hamilton’s. If Felipe had stayed in fourth place, we would have been second in the Constructors’ championship. Every so often, the gentlemen who come to the races to act as Stewards make decisions that are a bit ridiculous and anachronistic. One needs to be careful that we maintain credibility, for the work of the teams that invest money and for the drivers who risk their lives.”
Montezemolo dismissed the idea that Christian Horner was regarded as a potential successor by Bernie Ecclestone: “As the years go by, he more and more enjoys making jokes and I’m happy he still has the desire to do so…”
He also denied that suggestions that Ferrari doesn’t have political weight.
“This story has been doing the rounds since I worked with Enzo Ferrari in the Seventies. We have reached an agreement with Ecclestone and the FIA and we are the only team with the right of veto: more political weight than that is impossible! We are aware of our strength in Formula 1, which without us, would be completely different. Having said that, it’s true that weight also comes from having a winning car and that was lacking. The rest is all gossip.”