Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ferrari want to stay - but on own terms

Hmm it seems that Ferrari have a special arrangement with the FIA where they have veto powers over the technical regulations. Makes one wonder whether all those drivers and constructors trophies that they've won was done with merit or by influencing the regulations to suit their car. Suddenly Schumacher's record doesn't look so great. If that is not cheating, I don't know what is.

Saturday 16th May 2009

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali insists the Scuderia do want to remain in Formula One - but not under Max Mosley's terms.

Speaking in the wake of Friday's failed attempt to reach a compromise with the FIA President over his planned £40 million budget cap, Domenicali confirmed that the Scuderia have lodged an injuction against the FIA's 2010 regulations.

Ferrari feel that Mosley is weilded too much power in his attempt to force new regulations on the teams without consulting them, especially given that the Scuderia have a veto power regarding technical rules that was granted to them back in 1998.

"For us it's very important, it's our life," said Domenicali. "We want to fight in order to make sure that we will be in the Championship in the right way."

The Italian also revealed that Ferrari's board of directors, who met early in the week, had given team president Luca di Montezemolo the go-ahead to seek legal action in a French court.

"What I can say is that there is nothing new in that. If you look at what was the outcome of our board, the Ferrari board, it was clearly indicated that the president has the mandate from the board to protect the rights of Ferrari," he said.

As for Ferrari's option to veto regulations, Domenicali added: "I think I cannot go into these details. There are certain things that are in these rights and no more than that."

Ferrari, though, are not alone in their stance against the FIA with Toyota team boss John Howett telling Autosport: "I understand Ferrari has taken some sort of action, and from Toyota's perspective we understand their position and we support them."

Source : Planet F1

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