Stoddart denies Ferrari vendetta

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has, unsurprisingly, denied that there was any kind of vendetta against Ferrari in regard to the other teams signing proposals to cut back on testing. Ferrari was not present at the meeting in Brazil when nine teams and...

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has, unsurprisingly, denied that there was any kind of vendetta against Ferrari in regard to the other teams signing proposals to cut back on testing. Ferrari was not present at the meeting in Brazil when nine teams and Bernie Ecclestone agreed on the cost-cutting idea, and Jean Todt claimed he was not invited to be there.

The proposals need unanimous agreement to be implemented and Ferrari has so far refused to add its signature. Todt believes that it won't help the smaller teams save money anyway, and thinks the decision was taken behind Ferrari's back with the intention of making the team look bad for not agreeing.

Stoddart denies there was any such intention: "Jean Todt has taken a hard-line position because he thought he was set up, but nothing could be further from the truth," he said, according to Autosport. "There is no vendetta against Ferrari, these are not anti Ferrari measures."

Team bosses are due to meet again in London next week, with Todt in attendance, and Ferrari is reportedly to submit cost-cutting proposals of its own. Bridgestone and Michelin, who were also absent from the Brazil meeting, are thought to be included in this next round of talks.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart , Jean Todt , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Ferrari , Minardi