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Shame on you, Ferrari

October 7, 2008

So it happens that the loser is eating sour grapes. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo criticized the Singapore grand prix track as a “circus” and describing the use of the safety car as humiliating for formula one. Montezemolo said, “When we race on tracks which should be used for the circus, anything can happen including the spectacle of the safety car.

Come on seriously are you saying that?

The true F1 fans will know that safety cars are featured at every Grand Prix to ensure that the race does not suffer from undue disruption, allowing the race to continue after a major accident, or other incidents that require the presence of marshals on the track. Like the medical response vehicle, the safety car is on standby throughout the race, ready to be dispatched anytime by the race control upon notice. Once the safety car enters the track, the racers will form up behind it in sequence until the obstacle is removed and track declared safe. Till then and upon the next order of the race controller, the safety car then leaves the track. Racers will remain behind in formation until the beginning of the next lap before they resume racing. This year, the Mercedes SL63 has been appointed as the safety car for the Singapore Grand Pix. 

Mercedes SL63 safetycar appointed for 2008 (credits to

Mercedes SL63 safetycar appointed for 2008 (credits to

During the race, Singapore saw two safety car interventions, the first of which benefited Alonso, resulting to his unexpected victory for Renault. Before the race, Montezemolo said that street circuits and the lack of overtaking opportunities were not the right way forward for the sport.

Yeah right. He obviously had no complaints the other time when Massa and Ferrari inaugurate the list of winners at Valencia Street Circuit. How two-faced.

The president also backed the mechanics who gave Massa the green light during a pit stop despite the fuel hose still being attached to the car as he sped away. I mean any idiot will tell you that the mechanics were at fault because they were extremely careless, duh! Anyway, Massa made it to the end of the pit lane before the fuel hose was removed but received a penalty for a drive through for a dangerous exit from his pit box.

We have extraordinary mechanics who on other occasions have swung results our way. We must stay close to each other because Ferrari are always world champions and are still in the running to win,” Montezemolo said.


We’ll see about that. Ferrari represents class and sophistication, an extreme performance sports car. And in my opinion, the words of the recently appointed chairman of the Formula One Teams Association has totally killed that image.