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Montezemolo turns his back on Ferrari

2014-04-07 12:47

NOT HAPPY: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo (above) was not impressed with Ferrari's performance at the 2014 Bahrain GP. Image: AP/Luca Bruno

SAHKIR, Bahrain - Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo did not wait to see Ferrari's drivers collect the dregs of the points in the 2014 Bahrain GP.

He walked away from the track saying: " I don't think there is much more to see."

The Ferrari president, having admitted to pushing for rule changes to spice up the dull spectacle of F1's 'new' era, left the floodlit circuit during what many described as one of the best grands prix for a decade.

Montezemolo, however, was reported as saying: "I don't think there is much more to see. Seeing a Ferrari so slow on the straight gives me great pain. I was not expecting much from this race, but something more (than this).

WAS IT THE BEST RACE?

For many, the undoubted spectacle of the Bahrain GP, featuring Mercedes' in-house duel but also battles right down the field, put the lie to Montezemolo and Bernie Ecclestone's weekend of moaning about the new era.

Mercedes' Niki Lauda made the most stinging rebuke after the chequered flag, when he said: "Anybody who complains this was boring is an idiot. All this nonsense about sound and fuel - it was one of the best races I've seen in my life.

"I hope that tomorrow Bernie and Luca take the time to watch it on TV."

Wheels24 editor Les Stephenson's comments, published moments after the race finished and well before the wire services caught up, included: "The race will go down in racing history as the weekend that the new-spec V6 turbo/hybrid cars came of age."

Mercedes team boss Paddy Lowe referred to words made by Ecclestone and added: "This was exactly the right response to those who think F1 is unacceptable for the fans."

His colleague Toto Wolff agreed: "It was the best advertising for F1 when it was urgently needed."

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