No tyre complaint says Ferrari chief

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said Ferrari will not lodge a complaint against French tyre manufacturer Michelin, and its partner teams, in regard to previous races this season. The FIA declared the matter of the tread width of tyres...

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said Ferrari will not lodge a complaint against French tyre manufacturer Michelin, and its partner teams, in regard to previous races this season. The FIA declared the matter of the tread width of tyres was closed after Michelin produced new tyres in time for the Italian Grand Prix that met with the FIA's approval.

Ferrari team principal Jean Todt said since then that the team still had article 179b of the FIA sporting regulations open to it to lodge a complaint about previous race results, and had not yet decided whether that course of action would be perused. It appears Di Montezemolo doesn't think that will happen. "We will not look back on the past, we only want to look forward," he said, according to Motorsport Aktuell.

He also claimed that Ferrari's initial action was not a complaint against Michelin, only a request to the FIA for clarification of the rules. "We could have lodged a complaint to the FIA after the Hungarian Grand Prix but it would have been harmful for the championship, and that's the only reason why we didn't do it," he said. "It is a normal procedure in F1. All the teams regularly ask for technical explanations to the FIA."

The FIA recently confiscated a set of Bridgestone tyres after Michelin was reportedly skeptical about the compounds. The tyres on Michael Schumacher's Ferrari were allegedly unevenly worn and blistered after Monza, which led to speculation that different compounds were being used between the front and rear, which is against the technical regulations.

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