Ferrari: Montezemolo unhappy about Fuji tire confusion 

Written by David on October 02nd, 2007 at 1:36 pmLast Update: October 02nd, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo unhappy about Fuji tire confusionFerrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has criticized the Japanese Grand Prix stewards over the misunderstanding that led to the Italian squad not knowing they had to start the race with extreme weather tires. Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa were forced to enter the pits while the Safety Car was on track after having started the race with intermediate tires when the FIA had instructed all teams they had to start with extremes.

The Maranello-based team blamed a late e-mail for the confusion, saying they hadn’t received the notification from the stewards until after the race had started. Montezemolo criticized the stewards’ behaviour as unprofessional and said he was expecting an apology from them. “It was unprofessional behaviour for which I expect them to apologize,” di Montezemolo was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport. “Our drivers, in difficult conditions, did a really fine race. Let’s see how it goes. Logically I’m not happy about yesterday’s result, but I spoke at length with Jean Todt: the choice of tires was a gamble, but it was taken with the premise that Ferrari weren’t aware of FIA’s decision. This is a negative aspect and I expect an apology from the stewards, who acted very badly. Without this order from the FIA, other teams would have started on intermediate tires. I would have preferred a different solution, I’m not happy about this result, but I have the greatest faith in the (Ferrari) men that took those decisions at that point.”

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