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Head accuses Ferrari of manipulation

BMW WIlliams' Technical Director Patrick Head has accused Ferrari of attempting to manipulate future rule changes for their own advantage. On March 19th proposed rule changes to help cut the costs of F1 will be voted on by team bosses -- these ...

BMW WIlliams' Technical Director Patrick Head has accused Ferrari of attempting to manipulate future rule changes for their own advantage. On March 19th proposed rule changes to help cut the costs of F1 will be voted on by team bosses -- these proposals include limiting drivers to one engine per race weekend, cutting Grand Prix weekends from three days to two and forcing engine manufacturers to offer their services to a second team.

Head believes that these rule changes, if voted in favour of, will give Ferrari an advantage over Williams and other teams that run on Michelin tyres.

"The Michelin tyres are very good, but they need to be scrubbed in sometimes 10-15 laps before coming into their optimum," he said. "If we're doing a two-stop race then that means we have to run 45-laps just to prepare our tyres for the race. But if you are Ferrari with tyres that don't need to be scrubbed, and Michael Schumacher who only needs one lap to get the maximum time out of the car, your best way of doing damage to your two main competitors is to propose one engine per weekend. It's all down to politics and we are being manipulated."

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