Ferrari chief in favour of safety

Ferrari chief in favour of safety

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is in favour of the FIA's proposed changes to Formula One in regard to safety but thinks the other regulations need some discussion. The changes, due to be introduced in 2008, will be talked, or more likely ...

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is in favour of the FIA's proposed changes to Formula One in regard to safety but thinks the other regulations need some discussion. The changes, due to be introduced in 2008, will be talked, or more likely argued, about at a meeting of team bosses and the FIA in May. The final decision will be presented to the World Motor Sport Council at the end of June.

Luca di Montezemelo and Jean Todt.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.

"When you talk of rule changes that regard safety, I am always in favour," di Montezemolo told reporters at Imola. "As for the rest, these have to be discussed. The changes that were introduced specifically to hinder Ferrari have not worked."

"I think we have to evaluate whether we should improve safety for the interest of the public and, more generally, for the interest of Formula 1. The current agreement runs to 2007 and we have to decide what happens after. Up until now we have taken decisions as a group but in future we could decide things individually."

Ferrari was denied pole position at its home race when BAR's Jenson Button claimed his first number one slot on the grid in qualifying yesterday. Michael Schumacher could have cut short Button's celebrations but pushed too hard in his lap, almost losing it over the kerbs and having to settle for second place.

"As the Italian team we always try to be in pole for this race but it can't always happen," di Montezemolo conceded. "Until the second split Michael was ahead. What happened after is what sport is all about. However, we have two teams in the first two rows and this is a sign of our strength and competitiveness. Now, all that remains to be said is 'may the best team win' and we hope this will be Ferrari."

He may have been disappointed not to have one of his own cars on pole but di Montezemolo was quick to applaud Button's performance. "I have to take my hat off to Jenson Button," the Ferrari chief added. "It is important that young drivers come to the fore. He deserved his pole position."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , Luca di Montezemolo , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari