Luca di Montezemolo has repeated his criticism of the sport’s new teams, calling them “a joke” in an interview with Autocar.
The Ferrari boss said:
There is a need to have competitive teams. F1 is like soccer. It needs heroes and it needs big teams. You cannot equalize everything. We need to avoid having too many small teams as it means too many compromises.
Luca di Montezemolo
As shown here last week, the new teams have made considerable progress since the start of the season, reducing the gap to the midfield teams by more than a third.
Di Montezemolo repeated his argument in favour of three-car teams and argued for sweeping changes to race weekends:
Do we need to race at two in the afternoon when everyone is at the sea? Could we have two races per meeting? Do races need to last so long? F1 is not an endurance race. We need races to be short and tough.
Luca di Montezemolo
But yesterday McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh admitted having three-car teams “hasn’t been discussed recently” by the Formula One Teams’ Association. Whitmarsh added:
If you introduce a third car McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes would all be, probably happy to have it. But I think in fairness to the smaller teams it would only disadvantage them further.
In a poll of over 4,500 F1 Fanatic readers in February, 62% were against three-car teams.
Di Montezemolo also urged the return of in-season testing – hardly a surprise given Ferrari’s difficulties keeping up with the pace of development this year, while owning a test track its F1 team cannot use for most of a year.
And he said Ferrari would consider entering a series of Le Mans-style endurance races if enough manufacturer interest could be found.
Much was made of di Montezemolo’s visit to the Le Mans 24 Hours last year during the height of the conflict between the FIA and the teams, when he participated in the ceremonial start of the race.
New teams and three-car teams