Williams has more respect than Todt says Head

Williams technical director Patrick Head believes that team principal Frank Williams has more respect for racing than Ferrari boss Jean Todt. The latest to add his view to the never-ending Ferrari debate, Head thinks teams have an obligation to ...

Williams technical director Patrick Head believes that team principal Frank Williams has more respect for racing than Ferrari boss Jean Todt. The latest to add his view to the never-ending Ferrari debate, Head thinks teams have an obligation to motor racing but Todt is only thinking of Ferrari.

Patrick Head.
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"There's no point in making a secret of it that both Frank and I have a rather different view than Jean Todt," Head told Autosport. "In the years when one team does a job technically that is superior to any other team, whether it be them or their tyres or their engine or a combination of all of them, then I think they've got an obligation to motor racing. Jean Todt seems to think that the only obligation he has is to Ferrari."

"I suppose you've then got to say is the health of motor racing more important than Ferrari or not? Presumably the matter has been discussed closely with Luca (di Montezemolo). Ultimately Frank decides what happens in our team, and I think Frank has a higher respect for motor racing than Jean Todt appears to have."

Many have disagreed with Ferrari's actions this year, for various reasons, but the Scuderia's seeming disregard for the spirit of racing seems to be a main bone of contention. Head describes it in terms, as others have, as a 'mockery'.

"They haven't shot themselves in the foot," he said of the US GP finish. "They finished first and second, and whether its Rubens-Michael or Michael-Rubens doesn't really matter, they are still going to finish first and second in the championship. I think the most important thing in truth is that McLaren and ourselves and anybody else who might be able to stop them being in a position where they can make such a mockery of it in the future."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Patrick Head , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams