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Ferrari: 'Abolish double points rule'

2013-12-23 08:03

FERRARI CALLS ON ITS FANS: Ferrari hopes fans will back its move to reject the proposed “double points” rule in F1.Image: AFP

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has urged Formula 1 fans to make their voices clear, as he admitted he is no fan of the new "double points" rule.

Montezemolo, who also makes no secret of his unique veto over key decisions in Formula 1, admitted earlier in December 2013 he thinks giving the winner of the 2014 Abu Dhabi finale twice as many points as usual is "too artificial".


Given Montezemolo's power, abolishing the highly controversial rule, slammed by the sport's pundits and fans, cannot be ruled out.

Montezemolo was quoted as saying to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "As the teams decided unanimously for it, we should give it a chance, but if it does not work, we can abolish it quickly.

"The social networks are a nice platform for the fans to give us their opinion. If the voice is clear, we cannot just ignore that.

However, he played down the idea that Ferrari would wield its veto to abolish such a rule.

Montezemolo added: "We would not use our power for something like that. But believe me, if F1 tomorrow would be going with four-cylinder engines, then Ferrari would be there (with its veto).

"We make cars, not motorcycles."


He also admitted that Ferrari has issues with the new budget cap, despite FIA president Jean Todt's announcement that it is coming in 2015: "One problem is the verification (policing).

"Another is the different circumstances of the teams - Ferrari and Mercedes build their own engines, while the others buy theirs."

Montezemolo said capping budgets in certain, specific areas might work, such as testing: "I hate the simulators and wind tunnels and that we are no longer allowed to test at Fiorano and Mugello. This is motor sport - it takes place on the track, not in the halls.

"If we had a budget cap, each could test in the manner he considers the best - us on the asphalt and others in the simulator."
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