Montezemolo still bullish on breakaway
Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:39
Montezemolo still bullish on breakaway - F1 | ITV Sport
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo expects his team to be in some form of Formula 1 series next year - but reiterated that it will either be an FIA championship altered to FOTA's liking, or a breakaway rival led by the teams.
With Ferrari adamant that the FIA cannot enter it into the 2010 championship unless FOTA's conditions are met, di Montezemolo is confident that there will be no surrender from his side.
"Where we will be in 2011?" he said.
"For sure this situation will be resolved somehow: we will race in a Formula 1 with characteristics we want to keep or there will be some sort of alternative."
Di Montezemolo said he hoped elements of the FIA would be able to see the teams' point of view.
"You all know our position, we've told you more than once: we want stability, certain rules, a clear and transparent governance system and the possibility to let the teams work the way they already showed they can work on a reduction of the costs," he said.
"I really hope that we can find a solution.
"I'm convinced that there are responsible people at the FIA,who know about the situation."
During his visit to Le Mans, he openly pondered bringing an official Ferrari team back to the famous race, but admitted that F1 would remain Ferrari's priority if possible.
"If we should not race in Formula 1 anymore this would be an option," said di Montezemolo.
"In this race you can really see the values of competition in the areas of sports and technology, but I have to say again that the life, the heart and the soul of Ferrari are with Formula 1.
"This year, also because of the rules we can call 'grey', it doesn't go too well, but we will never give up."